Smarter Building Blocks for Tots

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Cut25, a shop in New York's SoHo neighbourhood, employs Quadror modules as retail display units.
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QuaDror, a modular construction system developed by Studio Dror, now comes as a bright plastic toy set.

Back in 2006, New York–based Israeli desiger Dror Benshetrit came up with a modular structure with seemingly limitless possibilities. QuaDror, as he named it, consists of at least four L-shaped trusses, hinged together diagonally so that they open up to create a self-supporting assembly.

First, Benshetrit used it as the basis for the Floor Chandelier he designed for Swarovski. Then he explored its broader potential, including as structural joints for disaster shelters – a finalist concept for the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge – and other building-scale projects. As he told Azure contributor Josephine Minutillo in 2011, “When we showed it to a company that makes sound barriers for highways, they told us you could actually build bridges in the same way.”

Recently, the QuaDror system has shown up in the New York flagship of clothing shop Cut25, its shape ideal for displaying frocks in dynamic ways. It has also been developed as toy blocks. Available through Brooklyn store Module R, the product comes in two sizes and four vibrant hues, and allows children to build their own mini houses, bridges and towers.

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