Sample Series

Coloured NewspaperWood editions for Milan 2014

rENs together with Vij5

A series of handmade jewellery, specially designed around the material NewspaperWood, focussing on the details and individual value of the material.

NewspaperWood is a new material invented by Mieke Meijer, developed together with the Dutch design label Vij5 and now produced and distributed by a new NewspaperWood company. It returns newspapers, which are made from wood, into wood again. 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 resemble the aesthetic of real wood.

rENs, the designers of the Sample Series jewellery, regards NewspaperWood as an archive made of characters, words, sentences and stories. The archiving, storage and filing of information is articulated in their design as well as in the NewspaperWood material itself. Stories from one newspaper, one day, processed into one material. Embedded in brass or stainless steel, a small part of the archive becomes wearable as jewellery. Taking a closer look, characters or sometimes even words appear!

The jewels are available in five diameters; from 30mm to 110mm. The code on the bottom is the diameter plus the date of the newspaper this particular piece of wood is made of. The NewspaperWood parts are being held by a brass ring, a gild necklace is included.


A coloured NewspaperWood project for Milan 2014; one of the most recent experiments involves the colour of the basic material of which NewspaperWood  is created. For this project we collected several coloured newspapers as a starting point and got in contact with four different newspapers who are willing to support our project:

  • Eindhovens Dagblad (normal NewspaperWood)
  • La Gazetta della Sport
  • Italia Oggi
  • Asharq Al-Awsat
  • Financial Times

This experiment shows that all over the world residual material is available in various colours, transferring its own unique identity onto our material.

Through this, Vij5 introduces a new colour palette for special editions of the products Framed,Tabloid Tables and Sample Series. By using the coloured NewspaperWood as a starting point and colouring the supporting materials, this intervention creates an interesting visual impact.


This product is made with the original NewspaperWood material. More information on this material can be found here: www.NewspaperWood.com

design by rENs (Renee Mennen & Stefanie van Keijsteren)

in collection since 2014

dimensions Ø 30, Ø 40, Ø 50, Ø 70 and Ø 110 mm

material coloured NewspaperWood , stainless steel, solid silver necklace
The dimension and the date of the used newspaper are engraved in the steel

availability in stock, in above sizes, engraved data based only on availability

price from € 95