The QuadraOpus is any sort of furniture you want it to be

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The bachelor in me has nothing but appreciation for the QuadraOpus. Designed for small apartments with not enough space for a lot of furniture, the Quadraopus can be anything you need, from a shelf, to a table, to even a bench with or without armrests. In fact, the name QuadraOpus comes from the four basic needs the product aims at fulfilling… Shoe-rack, Storage, Seating, and Table.

The QuadraOpus by Anupria Singh, an industrial design student from India, form building blocks of domestic furniture. Comprising three wooden panels and four bent pipe members, the individual units of the QuadraOpus can be used as single entities, forming footstools, tables and mantelpieces, or can be stacked one upon other to make taller stools/benches, chairs, complex bookshelves, and much more. Their abstract shape opens them up to interpretation, letting you use them in a way that suits your needs best.

“Keeping in mind that the furniture is modular (and requires multiple units), white Sal wood was used to make the pieces. As it is a relatively cheaper wood this allows for the product to be affordable to those on a budget. Powder coated brass pipes were used, which were then painted white to complement the wood’s light color. The pieces are sturdy enough to stand on their own and can take up to 60 kgs of weight comfortably.” The product was developed in Auroville, a self-governed, experimental township and community in southern India. Designed to cater to the minimal, simple life of Auroville’s residents, the QuadraOpus dons many hats, becoming any sort of furniture its user needs. And when all is said and done, the individual units nest within each other to occupy less space, allowing you to stow them away for another day!

Designer: Anupria Singh

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Teenage Engineering is making modular synths for the masses

Modular synths are all the rage right now. And it's not just the usual players either. Korg and Stylophone recently dipped their toes in the modular world. And now Teenage Engineering is getting on the bandwagon. The company is best known for its por...

The Stackup is Modular, Kitchen-friendly, and Eco-friendly

The Stackup Block Bottle is one of those projects you see in every tenth student portfolio, but somehow the massive, multi-billion dollar plastics industry never really accepted the idea of blow-molded containers that would modularly fit on top of one and another. It’s a good thing Kickstarter, the disruptor that it is, provides a platform for independent makers and creators to go ahead and build products that come from the minds of problem-solving consumers, rather than large, money-minded conglomerates.

Kickstarter, in that regard, is a perfect launchpad for the Stackup. This modular kit for building and customizing bottles allows you to use multiple members to create storage that suits your needs. With different modules that thread/screw into one another, you can build long or short bottles, and even bottles with divisions in them, giving you the ability to practically create the container you need from the ground up.

The Stackup containers come with threading on both ends, allowing multiple modules to fasten to each other. Modules come in different colors, allowing you to create a colorful food-storage totem-pole of your choice, and some modules come with bases while others don’t, letting you to either create a stacked set of containers, or an extendable single container, depending on what you’re storing. It also means the Stackup modules can be kept in an organized fashion, fixed to one another rather than being haphazardly stored in different places.

Stackup’s bottles come made from Tritan, a highly safe, BPA-free plastic often used in baby-bottles. Designed to be food grade and also to work well with both hot as well as cold items, Tritan is relatively inert and doesn’t release toxic chemicals like other plastics. Plus, with its tough 6mm thick walls, Stackup’s containers can quite literally take a beating without breaking or denting. Use it to store solids or liquids, both hot and cold, keep it in the sun or in your fridge, carry it around in your hand, dock it in a cup-holder, or stash it in your kitchen cabinets, Stackup’s modular, tough, and innovative construction lets you use food-containers the way you see fit. Besides, with the colored modules, you can even color-code your belongings or artistically express yourself!

Designer: Eunbi Jang

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The Stackup Block Bottle is a tumbler/container with a modular design that allows users to choose a variety of designs and capacity sizes. The cylinder-shaped modules can be disassembled to form individual blocks which makes it easier to wash and dry.

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Transform the design depending on the amount of food and liquid you want to carry with you.

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If you attach the separation screen in between each block during assembly, you can create a lunchbox with separate compartments for different foods.

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Alternatively, if you assemble the Block Bottle without a separation screen the end result is a bottle.

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Keep your table and space inside your bag or cupboard neat. Instead of carrying multiple containers separately for different types of foods, simply place them in one of the Stackup’s blocks and assemble them together to create one convenient container.

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It is absolutely safe to store foods and liquids at temperatures between -4℉ ~ 228℉ (-20℃~109℃). You can add boiling water or place Stackup in the freezer without having any worries. Stackup is BPA-free with ‘Tritan’, a non-toxic eco-friendly material, which is traditionally used in baby bottles.

Despite having 0.27 inches (6 mm) thick walls, Stackup boasts extreme durability. It will not bend or break even upon impact and the rubber sealing prevents anything from leaking out of the container.

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Stackable Storage for your data!

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Modular, colorful, and with a UI that’s seriously to die for, the UP Memory Tower by Anton Repponen is like the Towers Of Hanoi game meets storage. With a connecting base at the bottom and a cooling fan at the very top, Repponen’s stackable storage allows you to, intuitively build your own hard drive using vertically stacked, color-coded individual disks of storage.

The disks range from 1 to 8 terabytes of storage (there’s even a speckled 2Tb hard disk for LeManoosh lovers!) and the color coding helps to let you segregate the drives based on content. The drives stack on top of each other, and connect via the base to a laptop or desktop, where an incredibly intuitive and beautiful UI makes it easy to configure and control your data. Designed clearly for creatives, the UP Memory Tower is absolutely perfect for photographers, video editors, designers and others who frequently work with large file sizes. In fact I’m writing a letter to Anton right now to start building prototypes for mass manufacture!

Designer: Anton Repponen

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The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic explores modular mobility

Not one to be outdone by Motorola’s obsession with modularity, Mercedes-Benz showcased their vision for modularity in automobiles. The Urbanetic shows the company’s explorations in modular vehicles, where the car’s undercarriage is a separate entity that allows various vehicular bodies to plug on top of it, allowing it to transform from a self-driving minivan to a self-driving truck.

Its hyper-organic detailing aside (something I’m not really a fan of), the vehicle, or ‘mobility concept’ as its creators call it, comes with a skateboard-esque powertrain base that allows you to simply mount and swap bodies on top, giving you mobility for different scenarios when needed. While the very concept of having a one-powertrain-drives-all system sounds innovative and could definitely present a new era for mobility and manufacturing, it’s probably the execution that I personally have problems with. For instance, Mercedes-Benz could do so much more than making their minivan look like a bicycle helmet on wheels, and the truck look like a metallic loaf of bread. Other than that, a pretty innovative take on the future of transport, be it human or goods!

Designer: Mercedes-Benz

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Build a synth like you build a sandwich

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Electronic music making can be hard the first time. You either start off extremely basic, or lose yourself in a whirlwind of tutorials as you try and figure out the intricacies of the complex software most professionals use. It takes a lot of willpower getting past step 1, and Colin Hearon wants to change that. The Tone Lab isn’t too basic or complex. It’s more of an experimental music tool that teaches you how synthesizers are constructed. With layered modules that you place one on top of the other, the Tone Lab feels a lot like working with real synths and modules that get connected in sequence to create more complex sounds. Take a waveform, layer it with an arpeggiator to make complex tunes, and then with effects to give it a certain flavor. Step two is actual melody building. Add chord modules to the sliding rails and slide them up or down to craft basic melodies, experimenting and switching things up by sliding them up and down, or swapping their places.

The Tone Lab’s idea isn’t to be an expert tool but rather an empowering one. Giving novices the means to create ‘good’ music through the power of good design thinking and the use of human intuition, the Tone Lab lets you take that first leap of faith into making electronic music!

Designer: Colin Hearon

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