Ratchet Furniture by Harry Hasson

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New Designers 09: Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication graduate Harry Hasson exhibited furniture held together using ratchet straps in tension at graduate show New Designers in London earlier this month.

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Hasson designed the range to be assembled and dismantled quickly for people who move house frequently.

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All of the furniture is made of coated plywood and is assembled without nails, glue, screws, or other fixings.

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Watch a movie about the project here.

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Here's some text from the designer:

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Harry Hanson
Ratchet Furniture

In a culture where young people are regularly moving homes, knock down furniture has become very popular and very cheap.

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Sometimes cheap enough that people will often prefer to buy new products than have to disassemble their current ones to be re-built elsewhere.

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I wanted to create a collection that is easy to assemble and disassemble, but will be robust and look good too.

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All of the pieces in the collection are made solely of phenol-faced plywood held together with ratchet straps; no glue, no screws, just the tension of the ratchet on the wood.

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It is a system that also makes use of the items around the home that are seldom used, so they become more functional while being stored.

  • ralf

    I love it! Looks like an amazing DIY project.

  • http://www.atcasa.it alessandro
  • Gustav

    Wow I love this project. It calls for an immediate ripoff…
    Also I love phenol coated plywood (in all its variations), it can be a truly sexy material, with loads of yet unexplored applications.

  • hj

    it’s like ikea furniture without the hex key, nothing more.

  • Widi

    I know, researching is boring and it’s hard to design simple and new things!
    Here is another sideboard.

    http://www.machsdirselber.ch/english/index.html

  • mikaël

    @ alessandro: not even close! this table top is round and has 10 books stacked…

  • http://www.andthendesign.co.uk Jamalam

    Guy on my course at trent did a carbon copy of the coffee table last year at freerange, maybe he saw that too. Nice concept thou

  • Robert

    these are awesome! I’d love to have this stuff in my house!

  • Xit

    Nice development of the ratchet idea into a range, as originality is concerned everybody knows Tejo Remy / Droog slammed this concept into the face of the design world, the rest is just trickle down…

    http://perpenduum.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/tejoremy.jpg

  • Hack-Master Hack

    Every idea has already been done, nobody else saw that episode of South Park?

    “SIMPSONS DID IT!”

    I think it’s a wicked idea, and fantastically implemented.

  • Dominique Nagle

    These are really cool. Great use of colour and eco too!

  • Mark Harrison

    This is a good on many fronts and though the origins (as with most designs) are possibly inspired from somewhere else I applaud the exapansion of the technical possibilities as shown by the extended range. Bravo!

  • http://design.moleculaire.free.fr iRABo.

    Sustainable, low, cheap and strong Design!

    Good stuff!!

    He may not be the first to do it, he will certainly not be the last one!!

  • Oddjob

    nice, but you cannot pile vinyl records like this! if you want to listen to them again, you shouldn’t sit on that board ;-)

  • Zabel

    First impression – meh!

    Second look elicited a better opinion.
    I like the phenol/ply and
    corner detailing of the entertainment stand.

    There’s a little sexy in those details.

  • Jiri K.

    Very nice and practical!

  • http://www.therecordplayer.net -M@

    this is better suited for a DIY project than “design”. Everyday people were doing this before designers. also, as surfaces this is a silly idea because you have a fabric strap there that’s uncomfortable to sit on and will absorb beer when you spill it. As shelving it’s very impractical for more than 3 levels of shelving. Some basic structural tests should have guided this design away from making tall shelving.

  • MarkyMark

    Better hope there aren’t any vinyl rarities in those two piles……….hopefully just scratched and battered golden oldies!

  • ruca

    where do i buy this?