Butterply: Digitally fabricated multipurpose desk is assembled without screws (Video)

Butterply
© Butterply

One of the advantages of transformer furniture designs is getting more than what meets the eye. Swap a component in to give an extra bit of functionality here, or with the flick of the wrist, convert it into something completely different.

Hong Kong's Upscaling Operations (UPSOP) came up with this neat transformer design for a desk that is not only height-adjustable, thanks to a modernized system of fastener-free joinery, but also features a swappable, modular system for storage. Watch how it works on Kickstarter:

Butterply© Butterply
Butterply© Butterply

They've dubbed the collection Butterply, in reference to the high quality birch plywood being used, and the CNC milling fabrication techniques for carving these adaptable desks. In particular, the desks have a striking, layered edge that is not only more ergonomically suited for the arms and wrists, but is also quite elegant too.

Butterply© Butterply
Butterply© Butterply

The joinery system itself is clever; influenced by traditional Japanese joinery that doesn't require any screws or nails, the Butterply uses an interlocking system of forms to create four different heights for the legs, and can be assembled in about a minute.

Butterply© Butterply
Butterply© Butterply
Butterply© Butterply

The organization modules include a stationery holder, smart device stand, book stand, cable organizer and a coin tray, all of which are interchangeable and can be flipped over to create a completely flush surface when not needed. The collection comes in a variety of sizes, from the smallest standing desk add-on, to small, medium and large sizes, whch can be used as a dining table.

Butterply© Butterply
Butterply© Butterply
Butterply© Butterply

The design is simple, smart and flexible, and while it is made with digital fabrication techniques, it does literally have this beautiful, layered edge that makes it feel a little more handmade than one would expect with a CNC-milled product. It won't break the bank either: coming in two different colours, preorder pricing for the Butterply begins at USD $79 for the standing desk and $189 for the small table, and $429 for the largest size. For more information, check out the Kickstarter campaign, Butterply and Upscaling Operations.

Tags: Furniture | Hong Kong | Kickstarter | Transformer Furniture

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