Sculptural Wooden Forts Made of Reclaimed Wood and Rubber String
This organic-looking structure is the perfect place for kids (or adults) to get away from the world for a while. The Knit Fort got its name from the way it is constructed; the reclaimed wood pieces held together with rubber cord make it look almost like it has been knitted from fabric.
The walls of the little house are flexible thanks to their unique construction and can be moved and shaped into different configurations to suit the tastes of the inhabitants. Designed by Matt Gagnon, the Knit Fort is as much for adults as it is for kids.
The structure’s unique construction method allows for plenty of natural light to shine in. Spaces between each wooden block let in rays of sunshine, illuminating the entire interior space.
According to Gagnon, the structure can be used indoors or outdoors, as a fort, sunshade, conference room, or even a room within a room indoors. The construction method makes it easy to scale the structure up or down, depending on needs, by simply adding or subtracting columns to give the end user a completely customized place to play or work.
“An organic assembly of thousands of wood sticks hand stitched together using cues from knitting to create undulating forms that remain flexible creating a surprisingly soft enclosure from hard parts. We have made lights, screens and structures using the technique.”
About Matt Gagnon
“Matt Gagnon studied architecture at Cornell University then worked for Gaetano Pesce and Frank Gehry. In 2002 Matt started his own studio in Brooklyn NY to pursue design and making at all scales. Over the years Matt has taught design at Otis College of Art, Parsons School of Constructed Environments and has been invited to speak at Savannah College of Art and Design, Woodbury School of Architecture, City College of New York and University of Central Oklahoma. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Metropolis, Surface, Interior Design and Dwell and has been exhibited internationally. In 2010 Matt moved the studio to Los Angeles.”