Furniture Design Swaps Glue and Screws for “Keys”
Nanyang Technological University's Interlocking furniture looks like an Escher drawing and further simplifies user assembly
Up to now, easily assembled furniture has made use of screws, barrel nuts and glue to allow homeowners without building skills to put together their beds and bookcases without undue stress. This may change, according to a technical paper released by a team at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
The paper proposes a method for constructing furniture out of prefabricated components: a process most people who have shopped at IKEA are already familiar with. Instead of being manufactured with holes for screws and pegs, the components are designed with a network of interlocking joints. Once each piece in a single joint are in place, the builder locks them with a key.