This unique collection from designer Sam Baron features four wooden boxes that can be transformed into various pieces of furniture by attaching legs and handles to holes in the surface. Each of the basic pieces is covered in holes to allow for almost unlimited user customization; bedside tables become glass display cabinets, desks morph into shelving units, benches transform into a grandfather clocks.
The Down Side Up collection debuted at the American Folk Art Museum during the 2010 ICFF in New York. According to the Fabrica website, "the heart of the collection is the hole, a functional element which also gives an aesthetic value." The designer judged each piece on its versatility and abilty to form the basis for a customized modular system before adding it to the collection. By creating so many interesting pieces out of just four basic shapes, this collection serves as an excellent example of the importance of thinking outside of the box and reimagining form and function in furniture design.
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