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Another recent material exploration is NewspaperWood, a collaboration with the Dutch label Vij5 that compresses used newspapers into boards that are then carved to mimic the quality of real wood. In 2003, when Meijer was in her third year in the Atelier department at the Design Academy Eindhoven, she took her classes in the middle of a workshop, and experimenting with materials was the basis for each assignment. “The assignment themed around wood got me thinking,” she says. “Wood is, in its smallest form, the basis of paper. Once turned into paper, it doesn’t come out of the paper recycling cycle anymore: it stays paper. I thought it would be nice to turn the process around and turn paper into wood again.”