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PlayWood – innovative modular furniture system

PlayWood is a innovative modular furniture system that combines connectors and boards to create desks, shelves, stools and many more. The connectors are designed to give the possibility to everyone to realize his own project, by following easy instructions. Create your own furniture as a LEGO: assemble and disassemble it every time you want, realizing a new shape.

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VESTA – Sideboard – © PlayWood

There are three types of connector: a 90-degree square module, a 105-degree hexagonal module and a 150-degree module that is also hexagonal. The connectors are designed to slot onto boards of any material type and hold them together with others without causing damage. The only necessity is that the boards are between 1.5 cm (0.6 in) and 2 cm (0.8 in) thick.

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NEMU – Storage Unit – © PlayWood

“The design takes inspiration from a research conducted by Stanford Institute of Design about the set up of co-working spaces and from LEGO bricks, a game that I love since I was a child. In this project, limits have been transformed into values. I had the need to furnish my office an I couldn’t find the perfect match: functionality, aesthetics and uniqueness. So I started investing on myself, on my competencies and knowledges. I wanted to create a product easy to be shared with the others and able to be enriched by the creativity of the community.

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CORAL – Storage Unit – © PlayWood

The concept was born to make our working space more creative and functional at the same time. We wanted an easy system that could let us assemble and disassemble on the basis of our needs. I think that everyone has fun in “making” something, so why not to think about a system that lets you create your own project even if you live in an apartment with no specific tools at disposal.” – Stefano Guerrieri

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KARYA – Desk – © PlayWood

Simply combine connectors and boards together. Stay focus on the design. You can test your project by making basic prototypes and saving time. You can improve the design of your furniture: add a piece or simply try out different configurations. Save time and energy by not having to align every board and precisely drill and screw all the pieces together.

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MELISSA – Bookcase – © PlayWood

Stefano Guerrieri:

PlayWood is proud to present AN INNOVATIVE RECONFIGURABLE FURNITURE SYSTEM that uses 3d print prototype connectors and boards to make desks, shelves and stools. PlayWood Products are committed to inspire creativity.

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ERION – Wardrobe – © PlayWood

PlayWood is a modular furniture system that uses 3d print connectors and boards to make desks, shelves and stools. Simply combine connectors and boards together. Stay focus on the design. You can improve the design of your furniture: add a piece or simply try out different configurations. Choose the material you like, saving time and being flexible. Minimize environmental impact and use 0km materials. You can keep your waste very low by optimizing materials and you can recycle by using.

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RUIM – Armchair & Coffee Table – © PlayWood

The flexible, user-friendly design caters to endless applications. Like a “Lego”, you can build, destroy and rebuild again. You can use PlayWood to set up your coworking space, your creative studios, your pop up store, your art show and much more… the only limit is your fantasy!

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RADIOS – Bedside Table – © PlayWood

Through the use of eco-friendly recyclable materials, our aim is to satisfy your needs. PlayWood products are innovative, easy to use and suitable to the evolution of your business. Most of working spaces were designed according to industrial models for business that have evolved into different directions. We believe in modularity and creativity freedom.

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LEXOS – Bench & Pouffe – © PlayWood

After wide-ranging researches and several iterations, we have simplified the hardware down to 3 connectors modules that let you attach the boards with three different angles: 90° square module, 105° or 150° hexagonal module. PlayWood connectors are prototyped in 3D print and then realized in polyamide, one of the most versatile engineering thermoplastics. Because of its excellent balance of strength, ductility and heat resistance, nylon is an outstanding candidate for metal replacement applications. Widely used in complex and thin walled housing.

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DIKE – Hexagonal Module – © PlayWood

PlayWood does not damage the wood, its connectors do not need specific tools to drill and to fix the different parts. You can choose every kind of material with a variable thickness from 1,5 cm to 2,0 cm. To add more creativity you can decide to cut the board with a CNC machine that let you craft curves and radii.

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process-connector Playwood – © PlayWood

Our project was born from a research of D. School Stanford “Make Space”: we were impressed, but at the same time we could not apply it to our context. We live in provincial small town in Italy, so we have developed an easy system to quickly prototype and implement workspaces, accordingly to the needs of the team at that time.

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process-connection Playwood – © PlayWood

The main concept behind the project can be explained as follows:

“We experience the physical space just as like we read human emotions. Without even realizing it, we sense and internalize what the space communicates us and that affects the way we work. The immediate feeling you get after walking into most offices isn’t that of a place where people share ideas and work together but rather a place for lone workers and meaningless working hours. A real reinterpretation of spaces is a strong message to participation; just like plants your ideas need space and air to grow. We believe that people should be able to shape their own places according to what they do, we believe in modularity and creativity freedom. It doesn’t matter if it is a freelance studio or a billion dollar corporate office, the ability to organize your space is a powerful tool that brings office relationships to the next level and fosters innovation. Make Space (John Wiley & Sons, 2012)

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process-mounting Playwood – © PlayWood

Data:

Name: PlayWood
Type: Furniture Collection
Materials: connectors are made of polyamide, woood boards
Materials Combination: Polyethylene / Plastic / Fiberglass + Wood, Eco / Recycled / Green
Colors: connector available in 3 angles: 90°-105°-150 each one of which available in 3 colors (Blu, Red and Dark Green)
Year: 2015-2016

Awards:

  • 2015 – A’ Design Award and Competition – Category: Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design – Golden Award

The people:

Furniture Designer: Stefano Guerrieri – Reggio Emilia, Italy
Design Team: Carlotta Nizzoli, Elis Bonini, Federico Fornaciari, Francesca d’Onofrio and Elisa Incerti Vecchi
Manufacturer: PlayWood – Reggio Emilia, Italy
Text Description: © Courtesy of PlayWood
Images: © PlayWood

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