Always Moving? This Modular Furniture Is Easy to Take Apart
Many designers have tried to top Ikea with their own riffs on flat pack furniture. Some are cheap, some are easy to assemble, and some you can build yourself if you’re handy with tools. But none of them recognizes a basic fact: It’s still a hassle getting it from point A to point B when it comes time to move.
Sam Wrigley is a recent graduate of Falmouth University in the UK, where he designed a furniture line for frequent movers. He calls it Crisscross, and it’s yet another take on flat-pack, modular furniture. His idea, inspired by five moves in as many years, revolves around birch plywood pegboard panels. The panels come in four colors (natural, black, gray, or red) and nine sizes from from about 10 inches to nearly 6 feet in length. A grid of holes spaced 48 millimeters apart covers each panel, and they’re designed to fit together without disrupting the grid. Every piece of hardware—hinges, brackets, feet, and handles—fits neatly into the holes and is secured with locknuts that do not require a tool to tighten.
Wrigley says his flat-pack design succeeds where others fail because “no one has really thought about the process after you build it.” Disassembling furniture is no less important than assembling it. What’s more, his approach is modular and customizable. Each component works like building blocks, which you can mix and match to create something new in minutes. The downside, of course, is the limited aesthetic—there’s no avoiding the workshop-like look of pegboard.
Wrigley is launching Crisscross on Kickstarter with kits to make a desk, a bedside table, a cupboard, or a wardrobe. (Given that shipping beyond the European Union is crazy expensive, Wrigley offers blueprints, too.) He also offers a DIY kit of panels and hardware so people can create almost anything they can imagine. “Hopefully people are going to create a whole range of things we haven’t thought of yet,” he says.