The artisans behind the Paper Paste Living products are located in sunny Spain near Barcelona. The two factories are within 1km from one another, minimising any transportation between the facilities. Handwork is still apparent in the processes of both places, and together we strive for a green and efficient production set-up.
A family-owned business that has been working with paper since 1892. Their story started with making toys, dolls and carnival masks using papier mache. More recently, they ventured into developing paper paste products, particularly mannequins. In 2009, the fourth generation owner Martí Pascual met John Penther, who made mannequins for the fashion industry. After a long process of trial and error, they were able to create the first full-body paper paste mannequin together.
They have been working with cellulose for more than 100 years, long before the concept of upcycling and recycling was conceived. Their mastery and deep knowledge of everything paper is an essential component of our mission, allowing us to push the boundaries of what is possible with this material.
A bit about the process:
We collect the recycled paper near Barcelona from KM0 recovery plants. The paper is then mixed with water in a blender, turning it into paper pulp, no glue is added along the process, and minimal proportions of dye are added to the pulp. When well mixed, it is then poured into a mould and pressed. Once de-moulded, the wet product will dry in the open Spanish sun for several days.
Less than 1km away from Pasqual Arnella, this graphics arts workshop is run by two brothers. They are specialists in commercial displays working with all kinds of materials. Handwork is still apparent in their processes despite the incorporation of modern machinery.
A bit about the process
When receiving the dry mould, any excess paper is cut off and any extra is recycled into the subsequent batches. We use CNC and laser cutting to cut the wood, followed by manual sanding, and a thin layer of linoil is applied as the final touch. The wooden parts are then attached to the paper shape with natural glue.