Flatpack furniture has got to be one of the best inventions ever made, since it has greatly simplified shopping for furniture and/or moving. It has also made the whole furnishing process a lot easier for people who live in apartments. The drawback is that such furniture is not built to last, and several tons of it ends up in landfills across the US each year.
The other reason this happens is that the owners’ needs for furniture change, and the furniture startup MOJUHLER, is aiming to solve this problem with their flatpack modular furniture system. This system allows you to build multiple pieces of furniture using the same set of components.
All the pieces are made from high quality Baltic birch plywood with a coating of Wilsonart laminate. The pieces that are used to construct the furniture have a pattern of holes drilled into them, meaning they can be connected in a variety of ways using aluminum angle brackets, and so-called sex bolts. The latter get their name from the way the screw and nut fit together, and are also known as barrel bolts, or Chicago screws. Basically, these bolts have the advantage of sitting flush to the surface when used to bolt the furniture pieces together, and do not protrude out at all. Also, since sex bolts are designed to fasten together, they also do not damage whatever they are joining. Most other flatpack furniture has bolts that secure into the material, which means taking it apart and reassembling it somewhere else rarely results in a piece of furniture with the same sturdiness it had when new.
The series of holes, which are the main design element of this furniture system does make it look like furniture for kids, but I think it also lends the pieces a sort of timelessness. The designers are currently raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign to begin production.