A huge Thank You to all my contributors. It's been great feeling the love from family & friends, as well as the new interest in my work. Your support is very much appreciated. For the continued development of my laser cut cardboard products, keep an eye on my website: Apple Eye Design.
Hi, I’m Dan Landrum. Over the past year I’ve been developing a line of laser cut cardboard products that I call “The Rounded Flute Collection.” I’ve had a wonderful reception from people like you who are interested in eco-friendly, smart design. Now I need to take my business to the next level and buy my own laser-cutting machine. To help me reach my goal, I’m offering my Indiegogo backers a number of unique products as perks.
Relative sizes of some of the perks.
No other common material has the textural qualities of cut corrugated cardboard, and there is no other tool that can cut corrugated cardboard as cleanly and precisely as a laser-cutting machine. Using non-toxic white glue to hold this sustainable material together, these modern and elegant designs are functional works of art. Blending high-tech with hand-made, I design, fabricate and assemble every piece myself.
The following photos show each level of backing and the perks. Don't hesitate to contact me with questions.
Becoming a Maker
I began developing "The Rounded Flute Collection" at MakerPlace, a dream workshop for DIYers with every tool a craftsman could want. When I saw someone using the laser to cut out cardboard templates, I was fascinated by the texture and pattern of the crisp edges of the cut rounded flutes. I immediately wanted to explore the possibilities of layering the cardboard to see what effects I could get. I discovered that thinly cut in one direction, the assembled cardboard appeared virtually transparent, and yet in another view it looked like finely tooled wood.
Doing some research, I saw that architect Frank Gehry made lamps and furniture out of cardboard in the early 1970’s, proving the structural strength and durability of cardboard. However, back then he was limited to die cutting. Smart digital design and the laser cutting machine allow me the versatility and flexibility to create new designs in small, adjustable batches.
I started by making pendant lamps. When a couple of my early prototypes failed, I realized that the shapes would make stunning containers. Modernizing classic styles, I then developed a new line of baskets and vases. They were a huge hit! More recently, out of the décor accessory designs has come the exploration of using cardboard as a medium for sculpture. A year into the journey of transforming common cardboard into elegant forms, I feel like I’ve only just begun. The possibilities are endless, and I have more ideas than I can create in one lifetime. To keep up with the muse and develop these ideas, I need full-time access to a laser cutter, which is why I want to buy my own machine. Your support in this effort is greatly appreciated!
MAKE magazine recently published an article called, "My Quest to Turn Smart Craft into a Sustainable Business." They asked me to tell my story about making laser cut cardboard products over the past year.