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We have been noticing a tendancy towards modular design lately, which was also the approach of the SUPRASTUDIO, which is part of the department of Architecture and Urban Design from UCLA (partners include Greg Lynn, Thom Mayne, Boeing, Walt Disney and UNESCO). The seminar of Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies has created the “ Super Cube ”, a piece of furniture that can be remodeled to up to 50 stable configurations so far, created from CNC-cut alloy sheets of small thickness, which were then folded and manually attached.

Courtesy of SUPRASTUDIO- images courtesy of yuhao zhu

Courtesy of SUPRASTUDIO- images courtesy of yuhao zhu

The prototype is formed by two units that can be divided into smaller pieces. The 2 initial pieces can be folded into a cube, but also can be cubes by themselves. The surprising element of this design is the fact that such simple facets can create such modularity and difference in form. Contemporary design is all about smart use of materials and space, and examples such as the “Super Cube” are a step towards bringing industrial design into its new era.

By:Lidia Ratoi

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