PlayWood

Snap together a bookcase, then take it apart and fashion a room divider or sofa.

Are you the type of restless soul who needs to constantly rearrange everything around you? Then perhaps you’d enjoy PlayWood, a modular Italian furniture system for quickly assembling and disassembling desks, shelves, and many other pieces of vaguely toy-looking furniture.

The key to PlayWood is its hard-plastic connectors, available in a variety of angles and colors. Using nothing but an Allen wrench, you use them to snap together boards into whatever furniture you require that day. Freestyling a design is fine, but PlayWood’s also provided a number of downloadable plans for chairs, bookcases, and even an office divider and tree planter. When you get tired of the furniture, unsnap the connectors and assemble something completely new.

Here’s more about the system from PlayWood, which was cofounded by the northern Italian designer Stefano Guerrieri:

Simply combine connectors and boards together. Stay [focused] 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….

The one drawback to PlayWood is you must provide the boards yourself, though some might see that as an opportunity for further customization. Get fancy with some stained pine or birdseye maple or, as the company suggests,  “cut the board with a CNC machine that let you craft curves and radii.”

Six-pack of furniture connectors, €15 ($17) to €20 ($22) plus shipping at PlayWood.

(PlayWood)
(PlayWood)
(PlayWood)
(PlayWood)

H/t Yanko Design

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Design

    Why Amsterdam’s Canal Houses Have Endured for 300 Years

    A different kind of wealth distribution in 17th-century Amsterdam paved the way for its quintessential home design.

  2. Design

    How Berlin's Mietskaserne Tenements Became Coveted Urban Housing

    Why do mid-rise tenements dominate Berlin? The Mietskaserne, or “rental barracks,” have shaped the city’s culture and its counterculture.

  3. Passengers line up for a bullet train at a platform in Tokyo Station.
    Transportation

    The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

    The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.

  4. photo: San Diego's Trolley
    Transportation

    Out of Darkness, Light Rail!

    In an era of austere federal funding for urban public transportation, light rail seemed to make sense. Did the little trains of the 1980s pull their own weight?

  5. Design

    Before Paris’s Modern-Day Studios, There Were Chambres de Bonne

    Tiny upper-floor “maids’ rooms” have helped drive down local assumptions about exactly how small a livable home can be.

×