Advantages to the unusual/mundane material are its portability and modularity, as entire work stations can be reconfigured by a couple of skinny interns. Downsides are flammability, offgassing, and possible company-wide depression. However: There's the je ne sais quoi of impressing clients with a more-downwardly-mobile-than-thou chic; there's no better way of saying "we really need your business" than crouching in a cardboard-box cubicle.
David A. Greene
Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.