Many designers, especially younger ones, say they are excited by the prospect of creating a temporary installation, because this – according to many of them – revolutionizes the way they work, liberates a new and different kind of energy, and the thought that ‘something’ will exist and then very soon afterwards disappear is just as thrilling as a work that is built to endure.

Chameleon Cabin is the name of an extraordinary corrugated paper cabin designed by architect Mattias Lind from Swedish Studio White, working with the Happy F&B branding agency (here the video). The entire little house has been created using printed paper.

Chamaleon Cabin’s color changes as you walk around it: viewed from one angle, the entire structure appears to be made of black marble, but if you modify the viewing angle even slightly, the cabin appears to be entirely built in white marble.

Chameleon-Cabin--1 The paper used is MiniWell, a 2 mm-thickness corrugated paper offering – for the same size – a much improved performance in terms of rigidity and hence stability than cardboard. Printing was taken care of by a specialist, Göteborgstryckeriet. Lind has designed the cabin in the style of a ‘friggebod’, the typical Swedish small cottage which has now become very sought-after, partly also because no planning permission is needed to build one.

Bright yellow is the chosen color for interiors, in marked contrast with the exterior’s black and white. Just like theatre wings, the Chamaleon Cabin is assembled from 95 modules forming the walls and roof, and is then very easily installed using a simple system of flaps and grooves.

Chamaleon Cabin, 7 m2 [75.3 ft2] and 3 m [3.2 yd] high, is a fascinating invention, a temporary option with an infinite number of possible uses, from events to installations, both indoors and outdoors.

Matteo De Bartolomeis

Matteo De Bartolomeis

Born in Milan, a career in professional publishing with a significant interlude in behavioral and methodology training. He went digital and experienced first-hand the birth and rise of the internet, working in IT publishing in the 1990s. Has been working for 12 years with and for Suite magazine and on b2b publishing projects for the contract and hotel industry, with special focus on the international evolution of design, on trends and transformations in the relevant markets and the role of social media in the industry.