paper softwall on exhibit at MoMA in 2005
paper softwall was first accepted into MoMA’s permanent collection in 2005. softwall + softblock modular system and softseating have since been acquired into the collection. softwall + softblock is a system flexible furniture made from honeycombed paper and textile. Each space divider is available in a range of heights, colours and materials. Pieces are packaged and shipped in compressed form with the maximum 4.5 m length reduced to 50 mm in thickness. The flexible folding screen expands when opened to create a completely freestanding structure with no additional components needed. Multiple pieces can be attached seamlessly (horizontally) using concealed magnets to create continuous lengths or stacked vertically like building blocks.
paper softwall, 2005
The system of folding walls and modular building blocks can also be used to shape the acoustics and light quality of a space. The cellular structure and vertical fins of an expanded wall or block are highly sound-absorptive; by adjusting the orientation and curve of the flexible partitions, acoustics (and light) can be tailored to a specific performance or space. softwall + softblock in both paper and textile can be used to moderate ambient sunlight, while translucent white textile walls and blocks can be lit internally using a system of energy-efficient LED ribbons, giving a delicate luminosity as light passes through the fibres of the textile.
textile softwall on exhibit, 2009