A selection of 15 flat-pack products

From Enzo Mari’s iconic chair to the seat that self-assembles: we have collected 15 projects that can be mounted and dismounted independently, distributed in compact packaging.

Flat-pack or ready to assemble furniture proposes a dynamic, transformable and open vision of living, reflecting on society and its changes. 

The concept of flat-pack challenges the way of conceiving the object, its production and its assembly, which is up to the user as last step of the process. Among the advantages of compact packaging are the efficiency and reduction of transport, volume and pieces stocking, the possibility of a more sustainable assembly that does not require the use of glues or screws allowing the reuse of parts. 

From Enzo Mari, who in 1974 published Autoprogettazione – the legendary system of general rules for making inexpensive furniture using only nails and raw boards – to the most recent projects that focus on reuse and sustainability: we have selected 15 flat-pack products ready to be assembled.

Among them, the self-modeling prototype developed by researchers at the University of Stuttgart that needs no human interaction, tools or assembly instructions, the furniture made from raw bamboo canes that follow the traditional manufacturing process and is assembled with simple ropes. There are complements designed as a travel kit, pieces for travelers that can be disassembled and reassembled and seating that deals with the theme of mobility.

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