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Minale-Maeda's 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture

by , 04/23/14

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Italian-Japanese Studio Minale-Maeda has come up with a little clever design that allows people anywhere in the world to make their own furniture. Their versatile Keystone connectors can be used to quickly and easily fasten together different parts. The tiny sculptural fitting can be either shipped from their Rotterdam studio, or 3D printed as an open source design.

Studio Minale-Maeda, 3D printed, furniture connector, Keystones, diy furniture, DIY, green furniture, 3d Printing

Keystones are light, 3D printed parts that can be created on-site, so DIYers can create their own furniture using locally available materials. The tiny connector can be easily tightened with a standard screwdriver to turn assorted pieces of wood or old furniture parts into brand new tables, coat racks, and other items.

Related: Minale-Maeda’s Furniture Designs Can Be Downloaded as DIY Projects

Furniture tends to be heavy, bulky and difficult to ship. That’s why the Rotterdam-based studio is working on furniture that people can make themselves at home, using readily available materials.

This fantastic idea not only empowers users as furniture makers, it also cuts down on emissions and the need for big box stories stores, bringing design into the hands of the public.

+ Studio Minale-Maeda

Via Design Milk

Photos by Studio Minale-Maeda

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