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Modular furniture awarded best thesis

Published: 15 January 2016

A functional and environmentally friendly furniture that can be assembled without tools and expanded when needed. That was Benedikt Neyses’ project for his master thesis, which also was awarded best thesis in 2015 by the Bo Rydin Foundation, with a prize sum of SEK 30 000.

– It feels great to get the award. The project was my own from start to finish, I had a great flow and was very motivated, says Benedikt Neyses from Germany who has completed his studies at the Master programme in Wood Engineering at Luleå University of Technology and now works as a doctoral student in Wood Science and Engineering at the university.

Joints made of wood

Benedikt Neyses thesis was about developing an environmentally friendly modular furniture system consisting solely of wood-based materials. He also wanted to have an attractive design, solid construction and that it should be easy to manufacture. Something he was very successful with.

– There are standard parts that can be easily assembled to various furniture without the need for tools. For example a shelf, table or chair. I tested 20 different concepts and came up with this system. It resembles the design by the company MODOS, but the difference is that they use aluminium parts to assemble their furniture. My joints are made of wood, says Benedikt Neyses.

Adaptable for different layouts

– I have developed a small shelf as a prototype and I was pleasantly surprised at how stable the structure was. Thanks to its modular design, it can be adapted to various layouts. It would suit, for example, young people who are not rooted yet, or small start-up companies that are growing and need to expand the furniture, such as a higher shelf. An advantage of the design is that it takes up little space when it is in parts and both the installation and demounting is quick.

No market launch is planned for the product, but that it is something that may happen in the future.  

– I would like to produce more prototypes, but right now I don’t have the time to do that. It would have been nice to partner with a company that can produce the parts. Another solution would be to seek financing through crowdfunding, but as I said before I first need to produce more prototypes.

Benedikt Neyses wants to thank Carmen Cristescu, who recently completed her PhD at Luleå University of Technology, for assistance with material testing during the work with the thesis.