Standing Out: 3-D Dowel Walls

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If you gave me 40,000 dowels, all you'd get would be a very long game of pick-up sticks. In the hands of a Massachusetts architectural firm, those dowels met pegboard and created a one-of-a-kind undulating feature.

Seeing an opportunity to flex creative and technical muscle, Merge Architects designed and fabricated these walls with built-in shelving. One wall even conceals the entrance to a revamped bathroom. The architects used a computer program to figure out the exact length of each maple dowel that would make subtle waves, and the 80-hour assembly was totally hands on. "It was literally peg, glue, stick in hole," the firm principal told Dwell.

While this application clearly isn't practical for everyone (hello, dust), it's a cool re-imagining of what walls or shelves can look like.

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