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  • How Paper Can Make a Difference

    Have you heard of Shigeru Ban? Maybe you have been lucky enough to watch his Ted talk or see some of his inspiring work in person. He is an architect. The only architect in the world making buildings out of paper. Ban began experimenting with paper buildings in 1994 after he discovered how much more architecturally sound it was that everyone thought. He also loved the idea that you can get paper anywhere in the world and it is therefore a universal building material.

    Due to this universality, he has been commissioned after natural disasters for buildings around the world to help bring shelter people who have lost their homes.

    slide09 After the 2008 Sichuan earthquake killed 70,000 people in China, he built a school so the children could keep learning. They constructed 9 classrooms in just one month
    After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ban constructed 50 shelters for the people in need After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ban constructed 50 shelters for the people in need
    anderson_mg_5524 Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral constructed after the Christchurch earthquake

    "I like to build monuments that are beloved by people," Ban says. He obviously has a deep connection to his work and to the people that he helps around the world. He is an inspiration to architects and people everywhere in his exploration of how common items such as paper have so much more use than what they were made for. Just like our zBoard, taking one product and recycling it into something that is so much more. We commend you Shigeru Ban and recommend everyone learn more about this incredible man.

  • Kitchen Makeover!

    We saw this amazing shelf makeover DIY on Design Sponge and we thought it would be the perfect way to introduce our NEW floating shelves (and all the amazing things you can do with them!

    Way Basics zBoard floating shelves NEW Espresso zBoard floating shelves

    Don't have enough room in your kitchen for full shelves but want more organizational space?

    Way Basic's new floating shelves are the perfect way to give you that extra space without all the hassle. If you want to mix it up and decorate them DIY style, follow the tutorial below (tutorial from here).

    Shelf Makeover

    here’s what you’ll need:
    -Way Basics zBoard floating shelves (any size!)
    -woven grass cloth (you can also use paper, fabric, vinyl, etc.)
    -tape measure
    -staple gun
    -polycrylic clear sealant
    -wood stain in color of your choosing
    -paint brush
    -rubber gloves
    -spray paint/primer

    Shelf Complete! (Image source: http://www.designsponge.com/2008/03/diy-wednesdays-shelf-makeover.html)

    1. prime or spray paint shelves
    2. lay shelf on top of a piece of grass cloth. wrap cloth around shelf until it overlaps 1/2″ and trim to size. staple cloth to back edge of shelf.
    3. wrap short ends like a present and staple, tucking in all raw edges.
    4. mix 3 parts polycrylic to 1 part stain and brush over cloth covered shelf. wearing your gloves, rub stain into cloth fibers with your hands.
    5. let dry and finish with a coat of clear polycrylic.
    6. hang shelves (tip: you can camouflage the hanging hardware and screws with acrylic paint.)


    Thanks for the amazing inspiration Design Sponge!

  • Retailer Highlight: Vine.com

    We are proud to announce our partnership with the amazing Vine.com.  Vine is an online destination for natural, organic and sustainably-made products. Of course we were overjoyed to help them stock their online shelves with our zBoard products.

    Described directly from their PR team, "Featuring everything from paraben-free skincare and gluten-free snacks to reclaimed wood furnishings and solar-powered electronics, Vine.com makes life easier for consumers who want to access to green products and shop for them in one place. Customers receive free 1-2 day delivery on orders of $49 or more." Best of all, all items are backed by Vine.com’s 365-day guarantee return policy.

    We are so excited to partner with them and join the ranks of other amazing brands such as Seventh Generation, Inhabit, Method, Happy Baby and more! Be sure to check them out and let us know what amazing new eco-friendly products you find (comment below!).

  • Earth Day Contest!

    In honor of Earth Day this year, we want to retouch on why zBoard is such an amazing alternative material.  Every year, thousands of units of furniture, literally tons, build up in our nation’s landfills. Way Basics helps reduce this buildup with our recyclable furniture that’s also 99% post-consumer paper, so we completely reuse material that has already been through the consumption process. We would like to remind everyone to help reduce our nation’s already-crowded landfills and find other creative ways of using and reusing your furniture!

    Of course, reusing and recycling your furniture is not the only way to help sustain our Earth. Please comment below on your favorite ways of being eco-friendly at home (the wackier/more creative the better!) and be entered to win a cube for you and a friend (color of your choice).

    Ps. Next week's contest has to do with pictures of you/your family celebrating Earth Day so if you do anything to celebrate, be sure to snap a pic!

    Way Basics zboard

  • Modlife: Creativity Knows No Bounds

    The zBoard product line has been Way Basics' pride and joy for years. Its modular capabilities have unleashed our creative side. Its strength and durability have supported us (and our possessions) in times of need. Its peel-stick-done assembly process have kept us tool- and frustration-free. Its recycle-ability has kept our planet a little greener. And its brilliant colors have lit up our day.

    However, we think it's time to make a new addition to our Way Basics family, one that offers a whole new spectrum of possibilities. The best part about it? It has all the favorite traits and core values of Way Basics. Way Basics is proud to present to you our entirely new product line: Modlife.

    Modlife is a series of shelving units made of high-grade plastic that is made in Switzerland, ensuring top-quality material and design. Assembly is simple: just plug, snap, done! No tools required and no room for error. As the name suggests, all modlife products are capable of anywhere from three to six different configurations depending on the shelf. Our four basic shelves have a total of 17 different possible designs! Be sure to check out the different configurations on our website [hyperlink to Way Basics' modlife page]. These shelves provide plenty of space for convenient storage for audio equipment, books, files, textiles, toys or ornaments. Different configurations, different possibilities. With modlife, creativity knows no bounds.


    The Lucerne shelf is perfect for making the most use of small spaces, but is simple and savvy enough to stand on the main stage as well. The low tiers make the Lucerne great as a shoe rack, a magazine holder, or even desk shelving. Configure it into one of its two other forms and you have yourself a nightstand or coffee table.

    The Lugano shelf represents all the creativity and innovation of the modlife line in its most basic form. Its particular configuration possibilities make it one of the most efficient modlife products, able to be used in an endless variety of situations. The original configuration is well-suited as a stand for low-lying furniture or as a footrest. In its tall configuration, it's a perfect size for shelving in the office or in the bathroom. Lastly, use it as a simple cube to add playfulness or boldness into a room depending on what you put on it.

    The Geneva shelf boasts five different possible configurations, making it truly a shelf for all occasions. Its size sits at a nice median, so you can configure it to meld into the background, or use it to display a collection in the center of the room. Because of its many configurations, it can be used as anything from a coffee table to in-closet storage, to a bathroom shelf, or even in the office. The possibilities are endless and the choice is yours!

    As its name suggests, the Zurich shelf is our largest and therefore most variable shelf. Its size allows for it to fit some roles that none of the other midlife shelves can approach, such as a room divider or a staircase shelf. Put two side-by-side and fill an entire closet with ample shelving space. Of course, it can still serve as more traditional space for displaying a collection, holding large quantities of office supplies or clothes, or livening up a room. You'll definitely want to spend some time looking at the additional images to see which of the six distinct configurations you'll want to choose.

    We're very proud of our new modlife line, and hope you'll love it as much as we do! New colors coming soon!

  • SuperCubes - Bigger IS Better

    It's finally here! Due to popular demand, we have decided to release our amazing cubes in a new, super size! Now sporting an increase in all three dimensions, the SuperCube is here to store an even greater variety of items: extra-large stuffed animals, vinyl records, textbooks, purses, anything! As with all our products, they're perfect for designers or lovers of elegance in simplicity. Mix and match them with our storage baskets and other accessories to make yourself a personalized and gorgeous shelving system. Take a look at some of these neat configurations, and send us some of your own creative flair!

  • Unveiling: The Manhattan Storage Bench and Coffee Table

    We know how difficult it is to keep a clean space with minimal effort. That's why we've developed our newest product to fit that role and help you a bit in sweeping the proverbial mess under the rug! Because we all need that nice-looking box that we can throw all our stuff into and shut the lid. We are pleased to introduce to you our newest product: The Manhattan Storage Bench and Coffee Table!

    This brand-new storage bench has a secure lid so a space remains clean no matter what mess you throw in! Use it as a footrest in front of your couch, or a footstool to reach high places. It's also perfect to use for storage in your garage, entryway, kitchen, anywhere! And of course you can sit on it while whittling a wood sculpture or just tying your shoes.

    Keeping things simple is one of our hallmarks! The assembly process  is so simple, it doesn't even require words. Just take a look at the photos below!

    Outside: Depth 15.0" | Width 30.0" | Height 15.6"
    Inside: Depth 10.8" | Width 25.7" | Height 14.8"

  • Taking 'modular' to the next level: Module R

    Here at Way Basics, we encourage individualization and customization through our modular zBoards, allowing our customers to not only select, but design their own furniture to satisfy both organizational needs, and creative ones. With that said, we'd like to introduce one of our awesome retailers! Module R is a fantastic gallery that takes the idea of the "Age of Personalization" and brings it into design and art, blurring the line between items that are mass-produced facsimiles and unique, personalized artifacts. Check out their website to learn more about Donald Rattner, their founder, and their fresh and much-needed role as a "central marketplace where customizable and transformable design (and art) from around the globe could be presented as a coherent body of work." Be sure to stop by and check them out if you're ever in the Brooklyn area!


  • Way Basics Storage Cubes in the 2011 Plush Holiday Catalog

    Plush Little Baby recently released their 2011 Plush Holiday Catalog and guess what?! They've included Way Basics storage cubes in their holiday catalog! Way Basics Storage Cube

    They commended the eco-friendly zBoards for being 100% recyclable and at the same time toxin-free, making it safe for your little ones.

    Way Basics storage boxes are also given away as part of Plush Little Baby's Twelve Days of Plush Giveaways Christmas promo.

    The lucky winner will receive SIX storage cubes with their CHOICE OF COLOR of Espresso, Black, Natural, White, Green, Orange, Pink, or Blue.


    Plush Little Baby is a luxury source for babies and toddlers.

  • Madison Bookcase in the San Francisco Chronicle


    In a recent article by Chantal Lamers for the San Francisco Chronicle, she recommended Way Basics Madison Bookcase as a smart choice for bookshelf keeping and at the same time, creative and eco-friendly interior decoration. Way Basics Madison Bookcases come in white, espresso, or black.

    San Francisco Chronicle is Northern California's largest newspaper, serving primarily the San Francisco Bay Area.

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