Do-it-yourself craft projects sometimes end in disaster. With this curious wood construction set, however, you can always start afresh – every modular wood piece is held together, amazingly enough, with string. The system is entirely tension-based – wooden parts are pulled together to make a stable whole.
Of course, it gets better: the pieces do not just go together in one way to make a single piece of furniture – these so-called Extensions are designed to create at least three particular distinct design objects including a bench, table and set of bookshelves.
Because string is at the heart of the design it is easy to undo any given structure and make something different. While the designers have a series of suggestions there is naturally a good deal of room for invention as well.
A variant on the core project, there as a customizable lamp set as well that works as a stand-alone floor light or can be made into a lighting extension to other pieces from the same modular ilk.
Here’s some info from designer Aissa Logerot:
“This project questions contemporary furniture design, from the concept of multipurpose use and uncertain quality (due to rationalized industrial production), to the ambition or desire for durability. Products are envisaged in a non-fixed state, to be extended or lengthened, according to uses which vary and evolve over time.”
“The furniture range is design in a way to be assembly without nail, screws or glue. You just need a natural cotton string for the assembly of the different elements. First step is to mount the wood part, simplify by different colored landmarks (inside the wood assembly). After, you only need to lock the position with the cotton string, in a simple way.”
“If you have an Extensions kit table, you can adapted the position of your furniture when you want, by changing some elements. For example, it is possible to lenghten the table with adding other pieces of wood, or to change its height by taking off the base of the feet, to have a low table, or a bench. As you want.”
“Starting with assembly and a concern for eco-design, I rethought the idea of furniture in kit form, taking into account packaging, transportation, storage, mounting and dismantling by the user.”