ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER: Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen – THE CREATORS OF SOFT WALL! THEY ARE STEPPING OUT OF NORMAL CONCRETE AND GYPSUM SPACES, GOING GREEN AND INNVOATING NEW DESIGN SOLUTIONS WITH UNIMAGINABLE MATERIALS.

While researching honeycombed cardboard furniture, I found an interesting company out of Canada that works not only with cardboard — but also with textiles and paper. Molo Designs is a Vancouver-based product design company that captures the imagination of two architects, Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen. The two have taken a concept best known for decorations and turned it into an entire collection of furniture and movable walls. One of the interesting characteristics of honeycombed cardboard is that the edges start to crush, creating an interesting effect. The “soft walls,” as the Molo folks call them, are made of polyethylene , which allows light to still pass through.

Softwall + softblock are a modular space shaping system at the core of molo’s soft collection. They use flexible honeycomb structures that expand contract and flex, forming sculptural spaces and seating. The elements of the soft collection have been designed to be uniquely shaped for a specific occasion or space, folded away for storage and/or reshaped again in variable and dynamic ways; replacing inflexible alternatives for partitioning and arranging space.

softwall + softblock modular system elements are available in two materials; textile and kraft paper. The textile is a 100% polyethylene non-woven textile with a lightweight paper-like look and feel. The textile is
highly tear, UV and water resistant; thus making it durable to handle and maintain. textile softwall + softblock are available in translucent white and opaque black. Light transmitting through a white textile softwall, brings the visually delicate fibres of the material to life; absorbing and containing luminosity similar to a block of snow. The opaque black softwall is dyed a deep rich inky black with UV resistant bamboo charcoal ink that produces a subtle sheen reminiscent of charred wood and allows the fine pattern of the fibres to show.  The second material, kraft paper, is an unbleached paper made with 50% recycled fibre and 50% new long fibre. The new long
fibres give strength, reinforcing the smaller recycled fibre to make a stiff robust paper. kraft paper softwall + softblock elements are all opaque and available in a natural unbleached brown with
a warm earthy presence and also a deep black that has been dyed with bamboo charcoal ink.

The soft collection combines abstractly poetic, sculptural form and pragmatic function to create spaces for modern flexible life.

flexible, reconfigurable, recyclable! By: Chitra Patel

Links! SHOWS HOW IT WORKS!

http://youtu.be/wNXjFhnrTrg

http://youtu.be/cAvQlRT8ghw

http://youtu.be/BwXvWX8GaZs

http://youtu.be/1hgIFt670iY

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One response »

  1. Ann Putney says:

    WOW! How cool is that? I’ve never seen anything like that before. I hope these before commercially available. My house is WAY to small for that but I have see that being great for a studio apartment or a space that has a big room that needs sectioning. Love it!

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