Vij5 \ NewspaperWood

What is NewspaperWood?
Mieke Meijer together with Vij5

NewspaperWood is a new material invented by Mieke Meijer, developed together with and licensed to the Dutch design label Vij5.

Every day, piles of newspapers are discarded and recycled into new paper. During her study at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003, Mieke Meijer devised a solution to use this surplus of paper into a renewed material: NewspaperWood.

This material returns newspapers to wood, of which the paper was originally made. The basic material is the 'Eindhovens Dagblad' who also sponsor the project by supplying misprints and non-spread newspapers from yesterday as a local material source.

NewspaperWood shows a reversing of a traditional production process; not from wood to paper, but the other way around. When a NewspaperWood log is cut, the layers of paper appear like lines of a wood grain or the rings of a tree and therefore resembles the aesthetic of real wood. The material can be cut, milled and sanded and generally treated like any other type of wood.