This piece of contemporary architecture/design/art was exhibited and auctioned off by Phillips de Pury & Company and finally sold for £31,700. The Paper Tea House was created by Japanese architect Shingeru Ban and it uses paper and cardboard as building materials. The choice of materials – recyclable and low-tech counter the current trends of sophisticated consumer technology.
The structure is over 5 meters long and consists of a room for the Tea Ceremony and a waiting area with a bench. The interior is furnished with a table and four stools all made of cardboard. The walls and the floor of the house is made of hollow cardboard tubes. It is a good example of modern simplicity. This design has certainly fueled today’s growing trend of green solutions.