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Design Philosophy: Modularity

With our newest web exclusive, modularity in design takes form as a philosophy for sustainability - autonomous parts that function individually or as a whole; puzzle pieces that conjoin or separate based on the user's needs to create numerous permutations.

We explore uses of modularity in design and how the utilitarian concept has informed furniture, art and interiors. 




Right: Luigi Massoni Tavolino da toilette Dilly Dally (1930)

Shaina Mote — Design Philosophy: Modularity


Tatami mat configurations comprised of modulations of identical units (typically 3 x 6 ft) - each of these units are based on approximations of the proportions of a reclining human figure

Tatami mats in use

Modular Terrazza Sofa by Ubald Klug, who set out to design a piece of seating that would provide the idle lounger with a number of seating, slumping and lying positions.

Terrazza Sofa in an alternate configuration



Eduardo Chillida's interlocking ceramic stoneware pieces - static forms, brimming with movement and tension 





Chillida's 'The Poet's House' (1980)

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