MODULARITY - Open Collection (pls. contribute)


Cool. In the mentorship program we have now someone for product design.

I asked @tox about Modularity (first comment). Curious about the answer.


I had an exchange with @RicardoRug in the OPEN COLLECTION - On The Circular City topic.

Ricardo started to post an interesting idea for circular product design. Modularity is a part of it and I asked for examples. This is what he sent:

I responded to this:

I am looking at modularity for a while now and discovered that in a lot of areas it comes with problems. The Spreading Errors Effect is an important one. It effects your first example.

And Project ARA got cancelled recently because it turned out to be a „terrible idea.“ It would have cost even more …

Don’t get me wrong, I still love the idea of modularity - that is the reason I create this ACTION about it. But it seems it does not work everywhere. We have to look for the areas, where it works.

I share this here also for the link to the article about the cancellation of project ARA and to announce, that we are in the process of creating an ACTION on a Hackathon With A Open Modular Grid

Event Documentation - Open Labs: Circular Cities - DIF & OSCEdays 11/2016
OPEN COLLECTION – The Circular City


wow, do a Google image search for “Meccano Parts”



wikipedia on modularity:

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#Modular Toys Collection

I was browsing the web for modular toys/solutions. I found a lot of images. As you can imagine most weren’t under open licenses. But I share them here anyway – as fair use. If you are a copyright holder of one of the images let me know and I will remove the image immediately (mail to: mifactor(ät)

I like the idea, that our kitchen products… and also other products are designed using some of these principles. If you work hard enough, maybe it is possible to have beautiful objects that follow a simple principle of modularity! My work with the 3erlin Grid teaches me, it is possible.

But for now enjoy the collection.



Enjoy a Video







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#‘Don’t invent a new modular system. Try to use (hack into) an existing one’


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SOLUTION - Bottle Lab Berlin - 3D Printed Connectors To Use Deposit Bottles For Indoor Infrastructure

#Just More Images

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#2 Articles on Modularity, Open Source Hardware & Circular Economy

###1 Grand Unification Theory of Modular Units

###2 Open Source Modular Design: The Business Benefits (by @makegeneve)

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seen at hfg in schwäbisch gmünd

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Criss Cross

A new UK company designing modular furniture and who used Kickstarter to support the project.

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Pearls … Pearl Animals

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@RicardoRug shared here this list of modular solutions:

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Wow! A bunch of interesting stuff came in when @RicardoRug was working with his students on modular products HERE:

Just one example out of many (check the comments) :

Coffee table for rooms or studios where you will find a variety of plants to decorate the space, made by modules that allow the table to be assembled in different ways

María Elvira Ortega, María Alejandra Roldán, Camila Cardozo, Cristhian Lagos, María Juliana Cortes, Oscar Rios, Alejandro Benavides.

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Googled for “Parking Day

looks like some of it is glued. But nice anyway.


Shot today in my workshop: connecting Duplo to Eitech (Meccano) to Mifactori 3erlin Grid and OHO Parts to Heros Constructor. Picture shot for a Slide deck.

Check more about OHO - a modular construction toy for kids – here.


From Prosthetic Knowledge
via @sharmarval

###Open Source Iteration


LEGO-MECCANO-HYBRIDS – Hack Tha Systems! Enhance Modularity. Push Interoperability! \o/ Related Blogpost.


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SOLUTION – 'Pre-Use' – Find And Implement Existing Circular Modularity In Your Environement

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