The Paris Motor Show is only a few days away and we’re already beginning to see a lot of special edition vehicles that are going to be introduced at the auto event.

Not to be outdone by its competitors, Smart is bringing their very own special edition ForTwo, one that, apparently, is hemmed in reusable cardboard. Say what?!

No, this isn’t some half-baked joke that we just thought of this morning; it’s actually the real deal. The cardboard ForTwo is the brainchild of artist Sarah Illenberger, Smart, and CD Cartondruck AG, all of whom brainstormed about the idea of putting reusable cardboard on the car’s exterior and interior. We’re not entirely sure how this works given that cardboard, no matter how “high-quality” it seems to be, don’t exactly inspire confidence when you’re out on the road. Nonetheless, we give these guys some credit for their creativity, imagination, and, well, that’s pretty much it.

If you’re having a difficult time wrapping your head around the justification of the car, then you’re not alone. At the very least, we’ll probably get some explanation from these guys at the Paris Motor Show where the car is expected to be on display in all its cardboard glory.

Press Release after the jump.

Press Release

An unusual cooperation project has its world premiere. smart, the packaging specialist CD CARTONDRUCK AG from Obersulm in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and the Berlin-based artist Sarah Illenberger unveil the first smart fortwo to have its interior and exterior components designed and produced in high-quality recyclable cardboard from the company Gmund. The CARTONDRUCK smart will be on show in Paris at the smart urban stage from 28 to 30 September 2010, in parallel with the Paris Motor Show.

"With this project we want to show that the smart is by no means ’disposable’, and can make a truly lasting impression – even when constructed out of an unorthodox material. We like to keep finding new ways to highlight the urban creativity, diverse design possibilities and exceptional environmental friendliness of the smart. This smart fortwo once again underlines all of these aspects," explains Marc Langenbrinck, Managing Director smart brand and Head of Sales & Marketing.

Steffen Schnizer, member of the management board at CD CARTONDRUCK AG, adds: "The CARTONDRUCK smart demonstrates that cardboard and boxes, used intelligently, offer surprising, sustainable design possibilities." Not only does the CARTONDRUCK smart have thousands of cardboard boxes in diverse sizes and colours glued to its exterior; its door mirrors and various interior fittings are also produced from cardboard, yet remain fully functional. Some of the instruments, the rear-view mirror, the sun visors, and even the floor mats are made from the material.

The renowned designer Sarah Illenberger, who develops visual ideas and concepts for editorial departments and independent advertising productions, was won for this project. Illenberger, who can be placed somewhere between art and design, produces her creations by hand, with loving attention to detail. Her installations have appeared in international publications such as Style and the Family Tunes, Sleek, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times Magazine. She works mainly with sustainable materials such as paper, wood and wool.

For the exterior of the CARTONDRUCK smart, Illenberger, who has won numerous ADC awards, used a camouflage-like natural pattern called ECO-FLAGE. Applied in a pixel-like fashion to the smart’s outer skin, it is reminiscent of the pattern of a bush’s foliage, and so emphasises in a light-hearted way the sustainability of both the material and the smart itself.

Source: Smart

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  (595) posted on 07.27.2011

These persons who uses their bare hands creating this kind of thing are really talented and creative. I will not be surprised if someday, people will make a true car by only using their hands and creative minds.

  (399) posted on 06.28.2011

Well, this is not the first time that I have seen a stuff like this, for about a month ago here at TopSpeed, a paper version of the Audi Spyder was built with video! I was proud to see a talented people that build things through imagination. This is not really a big joke!

  (683) posted on 06.28.2011

This thing really looks great! And I would say that even though it was cardboard inspired, still you need a extreme imagination and artistic side to make this art possible! Well, I guess its not a good idea to drive a car like this but still I was impressed!

  (383) posted on 06.1.2011

That’s great to know that there are still people who use recycled materials on this motor show. I believed that if all of us will consider other materials as well, it will help our environment. Talking about conserving energy as well.

  (528) posted on 03.1.2011

gorgeous, it looks a little bit more smaller than the IQ.I bet Toyota IQ well out sell this mini.. Toyota IQ is more sporty and innovative car.. lot more spacious and it’s engine are impressive.

  (337) posted on 03.1.2011

Each sprinkle comes with a range of fun accessories that can be attached to the magnetic dashboard. They include a vanity mirror, personalized voodoo doll (with sharp pencils to exorcise potential road rage) and clip-papers.

  (745) posted on 10.22.2010

They’re using just a reusable cardboard? They are very creative and it definitely sound interesting.

  (1211) posted on 10.5.2010

Interestingly enough (or maybe not), I saw a Smart on I89 in New Hampshire the other day. I’ve seen them many times in Europe, but boy do they look small when surrounded by big SUV

  (648) posted on 10.4.2010

How is cardboard any different from the material they usually use to make one of these things? :P

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