Featured Website: “Foldschool” Offers Free DIY Kid’s Furniture

foldschool2Leave it to a Swiss designer to create this ingenious project: free cardboard furniture for kids, handmade by you. Foldschool offers all of you crafty designers (well those of you with time on your hands, a kid sibling and a giant piece of cardboard) with free downloadable patterns that you can print out and use to assemble a stable piece of furniture.

“Mass culture is run by superficiality and ecological absurdity. Foldschool supports craftsmanship as a face-to-face approach to design and brings together product and user the closest possible,” says the philosophy statement on the Website. “The mindset of foldschool is to restore design to one of its original missions: to provide a product at an affordable price through a smart manufacturing process.”

Visit the site to find free patterns, along with a thorough series of instructions for building a stool, a chair and a rocker designed by Swiss-based architect Nicola Enrico Stäubli. He suggests using a cutter, ruler, folding tool, cutting mat, spray adhesive, needle, glue and masking tape– the fundamental assets found in any designer’s toolbox.

Don’t think you can cut corners either because no pre-assembled furniture is available on the site. “The process of crafting your own piece of furniture is fundamental to the attitude of foldschool,” the site says.

There’s also a gallery online where you can upload your final product. Check out some examples below, and visit the site here to download the patterns for yourself.



Rocking chair, made of cardboard. Check out the free DIY pattern on foldschool.com




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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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