De-void consists of 2 basic modules or rather "Cuboids" of different dimensions, which can be arranged to form the following furniture:
Size of a wardrobe yet enough for a living room
The shelf when filled up with the individual units still can be used as a shelf unit as well as a small room partition system.
When the elements are taken out of the shelf, it can house an entertainment system consisting an LCD TV, a sound system and still has more than enough space left for decorative items, books, pots etc.
How it works
This diagram below shows how 2 different modules can be adhered to one another without the use of any external adhesive or clumsy joinery mechanism. Though we're yet to finalise on the detailed dimensions, we have prepared the given plan, we think has the potential to solve the above mentioned problem. One of the major hurdles in our design was to incorporate a suitable joinery system. Designed a slide-in joinery system at the edges of every module so that they can be hooked into each other. There are two sizes of modules(cuboids) - large and small, which makes the seating area and the backrest respectively when joined together.
Joints are made simply using notches and strong magnetic strips intelligently tucked inside the primary membrane of the furniture units. Refer the diagram below.
The magnetic strips are sticked in such a way that the inner surface and the outer surface of a unit is always polar opposites. This eliminates any kind of clash between the magnetic strips of different components. The above figure shows exactly how we intend the design to be.
Neodymium, a light weight and low density highly magnetic metal can be moulded into thin strips and inserted inside a module in such a way that it will stick to any module we want to connect to the module. The Above illustration is just to show the position and placement of the strips in the module, and won't be visible to the user.
As for the finishing material, we've decided on polyurethene which is quiet cheap and provides good finishing texture to the whole "De-Void"unit.
With the twenty warriors
There are 20 individual modules in “De-Void”, 16 modules can be assigned functions as showed above leaving 3 bigger and 1 smaller module for the user to “play” with. Each unit has been made in accord with the latest anthropometrical specifications to cater the users’ comfort, without compromising with the aesthetics of "De-Void".
We’ve tried out different hues and colours on the modules, and have come to the conclusion that intelligent combinations of colours can truly change the mood of a living room.
Less is More - Mies Van Der Rohe