The way we live is changing. There was once a time when a much younger version of me actually thought that she would leave home, find a nice flat she could call her own and stay there forever with a rapidly expanding book collection that she would somehow always have room for. Looking back on this, I wonder if that fantasy should have been burst as quickly as Santa and the expected arrival of a Hogwarts letter.
The reality is that from the time many of us leave home to attend university or begin careers, our living situations are in constant flux, always renting, staying somewhere perhaps for a couple of years before moving somewhere else in a different location, that has different sized rooms, and different numbers of people. Aside from the fact that our increasingly nomadic lifestyles make it harder to feel genuinely at home anywhere, they make it an absolute ball ache to buy and keep furniture.
For anyone that moves frequently, IKEA’s flat pack furniture is usually the most sensible option; it’s cheap and easy to get through even the narrowest of entrances before you build it up. That said, it’s not exactly easy to get it back out of your flat when it comes time to move again and more often than not you have to abandon a wardrobe here, a bed frame there. It would be nice to stop constantly cycling through furniture and experience a house move where the only reason you have to visit IKEA is to stock your cupboards full of meatballs.
A new furniture line called Crisscross, however, might be just the kind of thing frequent movers have been looking for. Created by a recent graduate, Crisscross furniture is modular, designed not only to be easy to build, but to adapt and take apart again. The idea is based around birch plywood pegboard panels which come in four colours (natural, black, red, and grey) and nine sizes.
Each panel is covered in evenly spaced holes which are designed to fit neatly together and each hole is the perfect size for the all the standardized parts including hinges, brackets, feet, and handles that come with your pack. Everything is secured using locknuts, too, so you don’t even require any tools to build the furniture. It does, admittedly, look pretty easy to put together especially with music that sounds like The Sims build mode playing in the background:
Crisscross is designed to be easy to take apart when you move as well as customisable just in case your new flat has different space requirements. The furniture packs can be mixed and matched to create entirely new things, or maybe even just make your wardrobe slightly bigger. There’s no denying that the furniture isn’t exactly attractive since the holes make it look like it’s been pulled from Scarface’s office but what it lacks in style it certainly makes up for in practicality and when it is time to invest in some more permanent furniture, you can be happy knowing that what you’re getting rid of is 100% recyclable.
Crisscross furniture is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. The initial release lineup consists of a bedside table, a cupboard, a double wardrobe, and a desk which mercifully comes with a topper to cover the holes. There are also plans to create more add-ons as well as more kinds of furniture in the future. At time of writing Crisscross has raised £1920 of its £25000 goal with 25 days of the campaign left. If you’d like to pledge yourself and get your hands on some modular furniture, the bedside cabinet kit is £79 and most expensive single kit is the double wardrobe for £259, all with an expected delivery of September 2016, conveniently just in time for all the new starts at university.