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Brief Published: 11 Sep 2013

DIY Design: Ply90 Brackets


Ply90 brackets from Californian design firm Ply Products allow consumers to design their own furniture. The aluminium alloy joints enable customers to connect pieces of wood cut to their specifications, creating personalised furniture designs.

The joints were partly inspired by the ‘maker movement’ – a burgeoning subculture where consumers seek customisable products they can build themselves. Micah Black, founder and head designer of Ply Products, told Stylus: “People are growing more interested in the process of making. Building a DIY project is much more engaging than purchasing a mass-produced item.”

Stylus’ Industry Trend Design Democracy: Outsider explores the rise of the maker movement, and how a disruption of traditional manufacturing processes is inspiring consumers of all skill levels to take a hands-on approach to product design.