A Minimal Design for Low-Cost, Easy-to-Assemble School Furniture

As an exercise to design the lowest-cost, easiest-to-assemble desk and chair for students in developing nations, Claudio Larcher designed this Paco y Paco set.

The Milan-based designer and design professor opted for minimal materials and hardware: Sheet goods cut in simple shapes, rope, a wooden ball to help knot the rope, grommets to prevent the rope from fraying, hinges to allow the piece to fold flat for transport or storage, and simple L-brackets to attach the single cross-member.

“The idea satisfies the need to make the school desk a simple element to assemble and disassemble according to needs. Through the movement of the ropes and with the same closing gesture as a backpack, it can be quickly disassembled.”

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