Modular Play

This was an early design exercise intended to demonstrate the architectural potential of a two-part modular system. Known as the “toy project,” the goal of the exercise was to create a kit of parts that could be assembled and connected in many ways, allowing the user to produce novel combinations. The design brief additionally called for packaging and an instruction manual for the building system.

The final product is made entirely of wood. The container for the parts is a mahogany box measuring 6 x 4.75 x 3 inches. Inside, the box is divided in half to separate the two components. The first is a 1 x 4 inch birch slat with a 1/16-inch thickness. These are painted in three different shades of green acrylic wash. The second component is a 1 inch unfinished basswood cube with two slits alternating on each face. Each incision is 1/16-inch thick, allowing the birch pieces to slide into the cubes. Large, airy structures are created by slotting multiple parts together.

Professors: Danny Samuels, Nonya Grenader