News about a new eco-friendly and surprisingly beautiful material designed by Dutch design student Mieke Meijer certainly deserves to be shouted from the rooftops.

Every day, piles of newspapers are discarded and recycled into new paper. Mieke has devised a solution to use this surplus of paper for a renewed material. By gluing pages of newspaper and then tightly rolling them, a log is created that’s then used like wood in furniture and other types of design.

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 is generally treated like any other type of wood.

In April 2011 the first prototypes were presented in Milan, of which a selection will be included in the Vij5 collection. Vij5 is a Dutch design label with a collection of interior products, characterised by simplicity and the use of existing elements.

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