The snap-together building system is designed and fabricated at the poplojik studio in Los Angeles California. It combines traditional methods of developing paper patterns, with contemporary methods of digital fabrication.
The concept of the building system is to transform flat flexible components into easy-to-build 3D structures. At the start, the morphology of each subject is studied. Exploratory designs are developed which preserve the sculptural character and personality of each subject. Attention is focused on the geometry from which the flat-to-3D transformation will emerge. Experimental patterns are cut by hand, and preliminary models are constructed in paper. These exploratory mock-ups are revised many times. Successful prototypes are then 'deconstructed' and their patterns scanned. Digital patterns are developed, and Laser cut prototypes are fabricated in polypropylene. Subsequent revisions are made until the engineered models are perfected.
Components are made from polypropylene. A 'food safe' thermoplastic from which many domestic containers are made; ice cream and yogurt containers, drinking straws, pill bottles, carpets, and thermal wear. PP (code 5) can be recycled successfully, and up to 50% recycled polyproylene can be added to virgin material, without degradation to physical or chemical characteristics.