For the Love of His Daughter

The story of Papero started in South Korea in 2011 with Kim Kang-Kook (now CEO of Papero) and a visit to a bookstore with his daughter who was five years old at the time.

While searching for educational toys in the bookstore, he found a wood assembly model that used carpentry tools to make. The product seemed dangerous for his five-year-old to use. It included knives, glue and other tools which weren’t made of eco-friendly materials. This gave him inspiration to design a safer and more eco-friendly product for his daughter.


He quickly started designing a prefabricated car. It was a product that could only be completed by inserting and assembling paper without having to use a knife or glue. When his five-year-old daughter easily completed the car, Kim decided to launch of a paper assembly product brand.

He quit his job at Samsung and started designing paper model products. His new found talent quickly caught the eye of design experts around the world and his products won numerous prestigious design awards such as:

• 2009 IF Communication Design
• Red Dot Design Award
• IDEA Design Award in 2013

He improved his products by choosing to import eco-friendly materials from Japan. The corresponding paper, which did not bleach, burn or turn black during laser processing and made to last a long time. He uses top of the line German custom-made laser machines to enhance its sophisticated and neat design.

The sophistication and high quality products combined with a safe, fun, easy to build and eco-friendly offering have made Papero one of the world’s best and most unique model assembly products.

Thank you for reading our story. We hope you enjoy your experience with Papero. 


Here is a list of events we have participated in:  

Papero joined Maison & Objet

24 January, 2015

Paperobean joined « Maison & Objet » trade show last January. MAISON&OBJET is the major event for professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions.

Papero Biplane featured in the MONOCLE Magazine!

10 October, 2013 

Papero Biplane featured in the MONOCLE Magazine July 2012 issue! 

Wired magazine

9  October, 2013

This article was taken from the July 2012 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online.

Design Junction

19-23 September, 2012


Papero has joined 'Design Junction' with London based design store 'FAO' during London Design Festival 2012.


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