Good on paper: Onyx car features new material

08.11.2012 Design : Newspapers : Peugeot

Paris – Peugeot’s new concept car, the Onyx, is made from materials that are processed as little as possible, including an interior composed of a single piece of compressed felt and a dashboard made from recycled newspapers.

Design studio Vij5 developed the dashboard material, NewspaperWood, in which ‘layers of paper appear as lines of a wood grain or the rings of a tree and therefore resemble the aesthetic of real wood’, according to the firm. The material is a collaboration with Dutch designer Mieke Meijer, whose aim was to reverse the usual process of turning wood into paper.

NewspaperWood was developed beyond its previous capabilities, making it possible to ‘apply the material as veneer onto double-curved surfaces’. The Onyx also has a fuel gauge made of blown glass, and copper exterior panels.

Meijer’s creation has also been used in a furniture collection, as we noted in a previous Seed.

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