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textile softblock

flexible building blocks, each textile softblock can be stretched to 15′ (4.5m) long and stacked to create tall, richly textured walls. Available in modular sizes with magnetic connectors, softblocks have an abstract, sculptural quality and can be used to shape entire environments or to form long, winding partitions and product displays.

design by Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen

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paper room dividers with LED lights inside.
softblock is a modular system of building blocks that stacks and stretches to create a partition or backdrop.

movement

the honeycomb geometry and soft material allows softblock to flex and curve, creating straight partitions or snaking structures. The blocks flat-pack for portability and storage, expanding up to 15′ (4.5m) or any length between.

magnetic end panels connect softblock to create modular stretches of space partitions.

magnetic connectors

the final layer of textile softblock is a magnetic panel that folds vertically on itself to provide stability, connects multiple blocks or walls to one another, or anchors the elements to ferrous surfaces.

Detail of black textile softwall.

colour

white textile reveals increased poetic beauty when light shines through its delicate pattern of translucent fibres and pleats.

black textile is dyed with a bamboo charcoal ink that creates an opaque sheen reminiscent of charred wood.

Detail of the nonwoven polyethylene textile used for the paper walls.

material

the textile is made from nonwoven polyethylene. It is UV stable, dust- and tear-resistant and easily cleaned with soap and water.

textile softblock and its paper sibling are 100% recyclable; both have been welcomed into Google Portico’s catalogue of healthy building materials.

Detail of a paper building block with LED lights inside.

LED

optional LED ribbons wind through the honeycomb cells to transform textile softblocks into expressive, luminous space partitions.

textile softblock used as a portable dining table for pop-up dinners and events.

weight-bearing capacity

topping softblocks with flat trays or rigid surfaces to evenly disperse weight transforms their function from partition to sculptural banquet table, bar or product display.

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