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The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durability than typical flat-packed furniture, while taking that element of convenience and flexibility a little bit further
The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durability than typical flat-packed furniture, while taking that element of convenience and flexibility a little bit further
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Tyson and Personette set about designing a sturdy, high-quality furniture system that could not only be easily transported, but reconfigured to take different shapes
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Tyson and Personette set about designing a sturdy, high-quality furniture system that could not only be easily transported, but reconfigured to take different shapes
Joining the panels are anodized aluminum connectors
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Joining the panels are anodized aluminum connectors
The boards are made using 15 layers of plywood and are laminated with formaldehyde free glue
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The boards are made using 15 layers of plywood and are laminated with formaldehyde free glue
Joining the panels are anodized aluminum connectors
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Joining the panels are anodized aluminum connectors
According to the company, sliding the end of board into the 1-in (2.54-cm) wide connector will create a "friction fit"
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According to the company, sliding the end of board into the 1-in (2.54-cm) wide connector will create a "friction fit"
According to the company, sliding the end of board into the one inch (2.54 cm) wide connector will create a "friction fit"
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According to the company, sliding the end of board into the one inch (2.54 cm) wide connector will create a "friction fit"
Measuring .75 in (1.9 cm) thick, the boards are pre-finished with maple or walnut veneers and come in various sizes
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Measuring .75 in (1.9 cm) thick, the boards are pre-finished with maple or walnut veneers and come in various sizes
Measuring 0.75 in (1.9 cm) thick, the boards are pre-finished with maple or walnut veneers and come in various sizes
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Measuring 0.75 in (1.9 cm) thick, the boards are pre-finished with maple or walnut veneers and come in various sizes
The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durable furniture than typical flat-packed products while taking the convenience a little bit further
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The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durable furniture than typical flat-packed products while taking the convenience a little bit further
The boards are made using 15 layers of plywood and are laminated with formaldehyde free glue
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The boards are made using 15 layers of plywood and are laminated with formaldehyde free glue
Tyson and Personette set about designing a sturdy, high-quality furniture system that could not only be easily transported, but reconfigured to take different shapes as people move home
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Tyson and Personette set about designing a sturdy, high-quality furniture system that could not only be easily transported, but reconfigured to take different shapes as people move home
According to the company, sliding the end of board into the 1-in (2.54-cm) wide connector will create a "friction fit"
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According to the company, sliding the end of board into the 1-in (2.54-cm) wide connector will create a "friction fit"
The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durable furniture than typical flat-packed products while taking the convenience a little bit further
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The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durable furniture than typical flat-packed products while taking the convenience a little bit further
Joining the panels are anodized aluminum connectors
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Joining the panels are anodized aluminum connectors
Tyson and Personette set about designing a sturdy, high-quality furniture system that could not only be easily transported, but reconfigured to take different shapes
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Tyson and Personette set about designing a sturdy, high-quality furniture system that could not only be easily transported, but reconfigured to take different shapes
The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durability than typical flat-packed furniture, while taking that element of convenience and flexibility a little bit further
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The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durability than typical flat-packed furniture, while taking that element of convenience and flexibility a little bit further
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Flatpack furniture may have played its part in saving removalists from a world of back pain, but there is only so many times that those cheap panels can be pulled apart and put back together. The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durable furnishings while taking this convenience a little further, with a modular furniture system that uses simple connectors and wooden boards to form everything from stools to media centers.

Modos was founded Matt Tyson and Andrew Personette, a pair of industrial designers from Brooklyn, New York. Modos was inspired by what the duo perceived as a sacrifice of quality for the sake of convenience in flatpack furniture, which by extension, results in a shorter lifecycle of the products and higher amounts of waste.

As such, Tyson and Personette set about designing a sturdy, high-quality furniture system that could not only be easily transported, but reconfigured to take different shapes as people move home or their needs change. The boards are made using 15 layers of plywood and are laminated with formaldehyde-free glue. Measuring 0.75 in (1.9 cm) thick, they are pre-finished with maple or walnut veneers and come in various sizes depending on what it is you are trying to build.

Joining the panels are anodized aluminum connectors. According to the company, sliding the end of board into the 1-in (2.54-cm) wide connector will create a "friction fit." This involves the aluminum flexing and compressing the board, creating a strong, but easily dismantled joint in the process. Modos has kits and design templates available for desks, shelves and stools, or if you are feeling more creative you can order a bunch of boards and connectors and let inspiration run free.

Tyson and Personette set about designing a sturdy, high-quality furniture system that could not only be easily transported, but reconfigured to take different shapes
Tyson and Personette set about designing a sturdy, high-quality furniture system that could not only be easily transported, but reconfigured to take different shapes

Modos isn't alone in exploring the potential of modular furnishings, nor is it the first to take a run at tool-free assembly of flatpack furniture. ModCubes, which we looked at earlier in the year, uses Lego-inspired building blocks to construct anything from baby cribs to bunk beds, while the MAG furniture line comes flat-packed and snaps together using powerful magnets at the joints. The vision of the Modos appears to lie somewhere in between, with the team looking to offer the versatility of modular furniture systems without the hassle of nuts, bolts and Allen keys.

Modos is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign as the team looks to raise funds and scale-up its production. The pledge levels of the different kits vary from US$60 for a laptop computer stand up to $850 for a glass-top desk kit. A do-it-yourself connector mega pack is set at $650. The company hopes to begin shipping in October 2014 if all goes to plan. You can hear from Tyson and Personette in their pitch video below.

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3 comments
Pavel Chernov
Great idea!
Daishi
It is a good idea its just a shame its expensive.
Modos Furniture
Thank you so much posting about us! We were successfully funded on Kickstarter; we are now accepting pre-orders on BackerKit: modos.backerkit.com/preorders .