Block wall was a project designed under No Squares as a storage solution and point of sale piece. The idea was to make storage malleable to the environment which it will be placed.
The design is inspired by a popular game where different shaped pieces made from blocks are stacked, and no, once the pieces are together in a line they don’t disappear!
The concept is to assemble/disassemble the individual pieces when required. If the pieces are needed to be stored away or moved to a different location it is made as easy as possible.
The individual pieces are intended to be sold individually, you can buy as many or as few as your space requires. By configuring the pieces in different ways the user can make what ever their space requires. This idea was then furthered by possibly making add-on pieces like draws or table tops to aid in designing your own space.
This piece was entered into the Saturday In Design Launchpad competition. It was short listed to the top 15 from a possible 170 designs. Although Block wall didn’t progress further in it’s first prototype I’m hopeful with a little tweaking it will push on to market.
Block Wall Prototype
Block Wall was prototyped for the Saturday In Design Launchpad competition. The prototype is
made from two parts. The part is the frame, this is a single frame in the centre of each piece. From the frame hangs the second part wooden panels. These panels are then screwed into the frame to give the shape.
The panels were made from industrial Birch plywood with mitred corners. This was then sanded and finished with a clear coat to seal. This did make prototyping difficult as the mitres had to be precise to create that effect at the joins. The inside of the panels had a cut-out cross section to hide the frame as much as possible. This highlights the frame on closer inspection juxtaposing the wood and Aluminium.
The frames for the prototype were made from Aluminium. The Aluminium was a square profile with rounded edges as to fit into the panels. These too were mitred and welded together sunk into the panels.
Although Aluminium was chosen as a lightweight option for the frame it lacked structural integrity for the weight of the panels hanging from it. This did affect some joins ‘every day’s a school day’.
Block wall is to be re-designed to accommodate for the frame and frame material. Is will be made smaller as to bring down the cost per piece and to make it more dynamic for the space it will occupy. Making the pieces smaller will also lessen the stress on the frame reducing warping.