Design modular - for circularity

Design modular - for circularity
Modular design is revolutionising the way we approach interior design. Here are some practical tips for interior designers looking to unlock the potential of modular design.

Modular design involves creating functional, customisable 'blocks' that can be combined in various ways to create different configurations and layouts. This approach offers several advantages, such as faster installation times, reduced waste, and improved adaptability to occupants changing needs. Modular and off-site construction methods have the potential to reduce waste by up to 90% and transport-related carbon emissions by up to 75%.

Here are 3 practical tips to help you implement it into your next project:

1. Plan ahead: Modular design requires a thorough understanding of the space, the materials, and the user needs. Start by developing a detailed plan and layout that takes into account all the modules and their connections, as well as the technical requirements and any potential constraints.

2. Choose high-quality materials: Modular design relies heavily on the quality and durability of the materials used. Make sure to select materials that are strong, lightweight, and easy to maintain, and that can withstand the wear and tear of frequent assembly and disassembly.

3. Prioritise aesthetics: Modular design can sometimes result in a disjointed or unfinished look if not carefully designed and executed. To avoid this, focus on creating a cohesive, harmonious design that incorporates the modules seamlessly into the overall aesthetic vision.

As a designer, need pictures! So below are some pretty inspiring examples from Aotearoa:

Google Aotearoa's office by WARREN AND MAHONEY and executed by Greenmount Interiors Limited

TRADEME LIMITED Wellington's funky office by Herriot Melhuish O'Neill Architects

ASB Bank North Wharf head office by Jasmax

By embracing modular design, interior designers can offer their clients a more sustainable, flexible, and dynamic solution that fits their evolving needs and preferences. Moreover, by optimizing space and minimizing waste, modular design can also help reduce costs and enhance the overall value of a project.

Lastly if you found any of this useful, I run a green building materials company called Critical. and we're passionate about supporting brands, architects and designers create beautiful and sustainable spaces using 100% plastic waste. If you would like to request a materials sample box or have a kōrero, reach out by sending me a DM!
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