Assemble, disassemble, reassemble, recycle. The only constant is change, and for objects and spaces to truly serve us over our lifetime, modularity’s a must. The below designs give way to a more adaptable way of living, encouraging us to forge more sustainable, non-static relationships with our belongings.
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U-bolts are hardware typically used for supporting industrial pipework. Designer Woojin Park – cofounder of 1/plinth – translated the structure to artistic furniture, creating a module, trolley and more. The pieces can be stacked, rearranged, and added to for endless configurations; they’re assembled without welding or glue, and there’s various colours and materials to select from.
CLIPHUT FURNITURE SET
With the ClipHut Furniture Set, horizontal and vertical oriented strand board planks come together thanks to a clip mechanism allowing the creation of five different types of shelves. Users don’t need screws or glue for set up, making disassembly and updates seamless – a futureproof solution that anticipates changing needs.
Inspired by Lego, Corkbrick’s modular system gives people the autonomy to build walls and furniture without any equipment. Fashioned from cork, seven modules called ‘brocks’ can be combined into all kinds of spaces and products. Among the possibilities are bed bases, staircases, a play castle for kids, exhibition walls and even an entire co-working hub.
ÉCOLE CAMONDO MÉDITERRANÉE SYSTEM
Scrap marine plywood panels are the basis of a custom modular furniture system that accommodates École Camondo Méditerranée’s educational programme, in Toulon, France. The Émilieu Studio-designed system relies on the ‘student box’, a cabinet that each pupil builds and upgrades through their education. Extensions can turn the dynamic pieces into carts, whiteboards, mobile desks, sofas and more.
Paf Atelier teamed up with private social club Soho House to research inflatables and their ability to create spaces and products. Prototypes developed during this exploration – which investigates the aesthetics and longevity of inflatables – integrate lighting with glossy, puffed structures that are modular and flexible.
Tim Rundle Studio
Conceived by Tim Rundle Studio for Danish adaptable-furniture company ReFramed, the modular ReFramed Bed System comprises recycled aluminium. The design is aimed at serving a user throughout their lifetime – the frame’s size can be modified as needed and components are replaceable. Only a single tool is required for assembly.
Wood stems supported by circular, triangular, or square concrete bases are the building blocks for Twig Kit, an adaptable display series originally devised for a Lebanese concept store. Twig Collaborative built the design out to form a total system including shelves, mirrors, and storage boxes. There’s no end to the combinations.
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