The introduction of digital fabrication has us all asking "what is the future of furniture." For some, that may mean CNC machine-made or 3D-printed houses and furniture, while others, like Bulgarian architect and co-founder of Praktrik, Petar Zaharinov, see the future in simple but totally customizable products. Known previously for their line of puzzle-inspired furniture, Zaharinov is now in the process of launching Tapeflips, a collection of transforming paperboard furnishings that are held together with tape. Take a gander at their video to see how it works.
Zaharinov explains how tape is applied in a way to make it all hold together, and transformable at the same time:
The principle is very simple, involving just three pieces of adhesive tape connecting the surface of one panel with the surface on the opposite side of the other panel. The trick is to alternate the three pieces in a chess pattern – two on one side and the one between them on the other.
The tape allows the pieces to morph, open, close, expand and contract at a moment's whim. They can be painted, decorated in any number of ways. Even more interesting is the fact that pieces are also multifunctional: stools can be flipped over to become bags or storage boxes, a playhouse can become a shelf.
The Tapeflips system is modular, based on a series of flat-packable, basic shapes to build many new forms, and the way the recyclable paperboard pieces are stacked ensures a lightweight result with a surprising degree of structural stability and strength.
Keeping a fascination with puzzles and geometric possibilities, Tapeflips presents another potential direction that furniture design could take: simple, economical, within the reach of the domestic DIY-er but still polyvalent. Find out more over at Tapeflips.