This kind of thing seems to be the inevitable next step in modular design: cheap wood furniture that, like something from IKEA, is inexpensive, portable and easy to assemble but instead of coming with fixed plans it lends itself to custom crafted creations, from storage and shelving units to tables, desks chairs and stools made out of small multifunctional pieces and parts. Your only limitation is your creativity.

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From a set of 11 pieces, designer Rodrigo Valdivielso estimates that about thirty standard objects can be easily made – all without the need for metal screws, joints, hinges or other permanent hardware. This has the natural dual benefit of making it possible just to buy the parts you want or need while also being able to convert the furniture to new uses over time and making it all the more user-friendly and useful for do-it-yourself designer.


The Ruda system rescues the wedge element in the country popularly used for assembling furniture. This latching system -made in the same wood as the furniture- does not require hardware facilitates assembly, eliminates tooling and stimulates duality thinking / doing. Ruda is an open system that consists of 11 pieces that allow assemble different configurations and types according to the needs and creativity of each user. Rescues current usage situations-not covered by traditional furniture, according to new habit, customs and spatial configurations.”

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About the designer:

“Rodrigo Valdivielso was born in San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, in 1976. He works as a designer from his small studio in product design, commercial space design, furniture design, lighting and street furniture. At the same time, it has designed and managed its products independently. As a result of having specialized in the field of sustainable design, he was the co-founder director of the Sustainable Design organization, dedicated to designing, promoting and consulting in environmentally conscious design.”