Paper Factor was created from the exceptional qualities of a solid surface material made from a new compound of micro-paper: an innovative evolution of papier-mâché, scientifically tested and developed in collaboration with the University of Salento.
Paper Factor is strong, durable, and incredibly light.
Available in various formats and combinations — from large panels to small modules that can be assembled like a mosaic — it is ideal for re-covering surfaces both vertical and horizontal: ceilings, walls, as well as furniture.
All products are hand-made and finished with techniques usually employed on wood, metal, plastic and stone, processes that previously could not be used on papier-mâché. These allow for the most optimal expression of the unique flexibility and malleability of this innovative material, so that it can be modelled in many 2D or 3D shapes, geometries, patterns, and sizes.
The company was founded by the architect Riccardo Cavaciocchi, with offices in Lecce and in New York, in order to create new approaches, as well as to fill gaps in the markets of contemporary architecture, interior design, and the arts. Paper Factor also invites diverse professionals to interact and creatively participate in the experimentation process.
A family business: from restoration to design
With its origin in the production of papier-mâché, the compound was created in Italy. It has been tested, finalized and used for over 35 years in the art of restoration by the accomplished restorer Lidiana Miotto, founder of the Centre for Paper Restoration of Lecce (Centro Restauro Materiale Cartaceo).
Today her son, Riccardo Cavaciocchi, has brought this cellulose compound to the contemporary interior design field, developing new methods and techniques for production.
The artisanal tradition of one of the most creative regions of the South of Italy; the precision and care of the restoration procedures — internationally renowned and awarded; innovative experimentation with matter and form: all of these factors launch PAPER FACTOR products to the forefront of materials of the future, for their functionality and versatility, their lightness, and their ecological value.
High-Tech Artisanal PROCESS
The variety of Paper Factor patterns is potentially infinite. The impasto is worked with natural pigments, pressed carefully by hand onto molds obtained from digital supports and dried slowly in a special drying chamber, a purpose-built prototype that allows for production on a large scale while still respecting artisanal excellence. The dried products are trimmed, calibrated and polished with manual and CNC machines. The molds can be produced on demand by exploring two-dimensional or three-dimensional scenarios, whether it be shapes, patterns or textures made to measure: just like a tailor's shop.
This innovative process answers the quest in the world of design and architecture for new manufacturing techniques and new ways of expression. Paper Factor is ever-ready to evolve within a framework of proactive collaborations with designers and architects.
Extremely strong, incredibly light
Paper Factor, a contemporary "revolution" in the art of papier mâché, explores its expressive power in an unprecedented language, thanks to careful production technologies that always pay close attention to durability and energy conservation. Paper Factor stands out for its remarkable lightness: an 80x80 cm panel (31½" x 31½"), 10mm thick (25/64“), weights about 2,5 kg (4,5 lbs).