Ikea may be the biggest name in easy-to-assemble furniture, but Modos does it one better, offering tool-free assemble and a seemingly-endless array of configurations.
Divined by Brooklyn-based industrial designers Matt Tyson and Andrew Personette, the Modos system (via TreeHugger) consists of wood panels and aluminum clips. Assembly is as simple as sliding the panels into slots in each connector. The hexagonal form created by the Modos clips helps spread the load evenly and make for a solid piece of furniture.
With enough parts, you can make everything from a shelving unit to a standing desk in the largely the same fashion as a giant K’Nex set. That means owners can unsnap everything and re-pack easily if they move.
The panels themselves are FSC-certified, formaldehyde-free three-quarter inch plywood with solid birch and alder veneer cores, and and are finished in either maple or walnut veneer.
Modos recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, so this clever furniture system should be available for purchase soon.