File Under Good Idea: Indie Furniture Universal Joints

Indie Furniture, out of Switzerland, has come up with an innovative way to allow consumers to create their own customized bookcase by providing universal connectors that connect wood panels sourced from the local hardware store or carpenter.

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Calling itself a "bespoke storage solution," Indie Furniture seeks to provide DIYers with a straight forward assembly process that is shipped in an energy efficient manner. The clamps, made out of recycled aluminum, are available for shelf depths of 6 different sizes and are easy to assemble — all that's needed is an allen wrench.

To help in the creation of the bookcase, the website features a Configurator that allows the user to design the bookcase based on the desired dimensions. The Configurator then not only provides the number and types of joints needed, but will also create a customized cutting plan for the wood needed.

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To learn more about these universal clamps, visit Indie Furniture. Note that clamps are somewhat pricey at $20 a pop. Here's hoping that one day ideas that promote sustainability and customization won't cost an arm and a leg.

Nicola Enrico Stäubli, the designer behind Indie Furniture, focuses on creating open source concepts for the consumer, allowing the consumer the ability to take part in the design process as well.

(Image credits: Beat Schweizer / Indie Furniture; found via Core77)