We promise you’ll never look at cardboard the same way again

Our thoughts on cardboard usually end somewhere around the recycling bin. But for artist and window display designer Jonathan Ro-Schofield (a.k.a. Jonny Cardboard), the heavy-duty paper has become the perfect medium to make exceptional sculptures and furniture.

Ro-Schofield’s cardboard creations have been displayed in the window of Tiffany & Co. (gorgeously detailed multitiered wedding cakes) and in exhibition at Sotheby’s in New York and in London. We can’t decide which blows our mind more—the startlingly accurate Grand Central Terminal desk, which stands at 78”x50”x38” and even has drawers that open, or his 2000 replica of the Chicago Water Tower that stands four feet high and boasts ornate windows, garrets and doorways. But really, each of the 17 works displayed on his Web site will leave you scratching your head with how-did-he-do-that wonderment and might give you something to think about the next time you struggle to break down that plain-looking cardboard box.

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