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CUBE STORY #3 – Building a meaningful sculpture

One of our clients came to us a few weeks ago, looking to create a memorable experience to celebrate the success of a year long training program. They had planned a full week of conferences at their headquarters, with everyone attending.

Here is what our team came up with – we thought it was worth a video.

The article below will look back at all steps of this project from our initial plan to the final result. We will unroll from the first 3D mockup to the end-result.

Our concept consisted of 200 Tetrix cubes to the headquarters of our client for a week, build a giant totem in the middle of their atrium and cover it with quotes and meaningful messages from the past conferences.

The totem would symbolise the celebration of the group after a year of training efforts. The high ceiling in the atrium allowed for great ambitions, so we planned to go up to 6 metres… enough to captivate the attention of any visitor entering the building.
Our early vision looked like this:

The client agreed to the project and we shortly we moved 200 cubes and their whiteboard tiles on site.
The structure was slowly gaining height and everything was going according to plan, when a shape emerged from the mass… A staircase.

– This is when we decided to change the plan –

Let’s quickly step back and reflect on the context. The past year of training focused on managers and was very much around playing with the metaphors of ascending, ‘climbing the mountain’ as a team, pushing forward etc.
So when this giant staircase appeared, it reminded us of the theme with a slight difference. Because ou staircase was going nowhere it was an invitation to question the why. Why climbing? To go where?

Here is the building process in stop motion.

In order to enhance the full sculpture we worked with two talented scribers :
Arezki Moussi and Laurent Berset. They used the four days of the conference to extract the key messages and scribe it on the Tetrix cubes.

– credit –
The video has been created by Arezki Moussi –

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Supporting VizConf 2019

Hello everyone;

We’ve been really happy to sponsor the 5th VizConf 2019 with our Tetrix cubes!
VizConf is Australia’s largest annual gathering of visual practitioners. Taking place in Melbourne, it is the ultimate coming together of graphic recorders, visual facilitators, sketchnoters, illustrators, and anyone who loves working visually to capture, collaborate, and communicate better.

Kai (Broderix), our local partner, organised everything and delivered whiteboard walls supported by not less than 150 cubes.
We believe it has inspired the crowd ☺

Always committed to supporting the community!

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Takeaways after one year of Tetrix

Hello dear facilitators;

The Tetrix cubes have been revealed almost a year ago and we are happy to say that the response has been extremely encouraging. Since our very first – giant – session at 1,000 cubes in New Zealand, we have provided cubes for not less than 25 sessions around the world. Sydney, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, Hamburg, Auckland, Jakarta, you name it. We have been everywhere.

A year is not enough to judge a new product, but we have already learned quite a few things. The biggest take-away is how well the cubes work with the ‘traditional’ whiteboard walls.
When the cubes bring the extraordinary freedom of creation, allowing meaningful staging and powerful sculptures, the traditional whiteboard walls bring their ease of use and fast transition.

So, it is very logic step for us to complete our offer.
We have purchased whiteboard walls for our Parisian warehouse (Moving Walls) and we have teamed up with
Broderix in Australia.
From now on our clients can benefit of a consistent offer of cubes and whiteboard walls all across Europe, South-East Asia and Australia.

Add to this our digital solution Workshop and you can run any kind of collaborative workshop anywhere.

Hot news from Kuala Lumpur:
– We are teaming up with two great professionals. Philippe Coullomb from OpenField and Sven Lefers have just arrived from Sydney to start a new and even bigger adventure in Asia. More exciting news very soon.
– We are working really hard on a new version of our whiteboard tile. Expect this to be available around Christmas.

All the best, looking forward hearing what your plans are!

The TingTang Team

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Get your parts for free with 3D printing

At TingTang Design we use extensively 3D printing.

We use it to prototype all our new products as well as for the little series. For example all our cubes’ feet are now 3D printed in house.

a few prototypes 3D printed

3D printing has many advantages:

  • It is extremely versatile so you can change your design anytime and test it again in a matter of minutes.
  • It is very frugal. You use exactly the amount of plastic you need and even less as the solid parts are filled with a mesh.
  • With the proper machinery you can recycle 100% of your failed prints.
  • As you manufacture your own parts you save in transportation and CO2 emissions.

Recently we decided to push a bit further this last point…

3D printers have become very popular nowadays. A few of our clients own their machine and for those who don’t, it is really easy to find a manufacturer nearby.
So we thought that rather than sending parts around the world we’d better send files; thus, the client takes care of the printing. It would be much faster, cost effective and environmentally friendly.

To download our parts’ 3D file check here :

To promote this new approach we decided to make those files available for free.
Anybody can go on our website, download the files they need and print them.
You’ll find already the cubes’ feet set and our magnetic pen holder. More will follow soon.
If you have designed your own part please share it at the same place, it may interest others.

For those who want to go even further, you can print your parts with recycled filament. Here in Kuala Lumpur we are already printing with 100% recycled filament and we should be able to produce our own soon. Check out our project!!

This is what is needed to produce 750g of filament for 3D printer.

You can purchase recycled recycled filament here : – tested – work great ! – not tested

You can contact us if :

  • You encounter issues printing our parts
  • You want to purchase a 3D printer and need advice.
  • you want to get ride of your 3D printer you never used –our 3D printer orphanage will take good care of it.
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Talking about recycling with students

Every year, the students of the French Lycee of Kuala Lumpur (LFKL) organise La Fête Verte (The Green Party), a full day dedicated to Ecology. Student’s projects are presented along with local associations and under the sun of Kuala Lumpur the event is generally full of great energy and rich encounters.

Because we knew how nice it was, we were really pleased to receive their invitation to showcase our 3D print technology based on recycled material.

We decided to bring our small 3D printer and a spool of PET recycled filament.
This filament has been made from 100% wasted plastic bottles. Our goal was to explain that waste material has value and that properly transformed, it can be as good as others.

By printing all day long we demonstrate how easy it is to use recycled filament instead of virgin plastic filament and how versatile 3D printing is.

The day before, we had modeled a special gift for the school, a little ingot with the letters LFKL in 3D on the top. We started the print in the he morning and it was barely finished at the end of the day.

We really enjoyed our day talking with so many kids and families about recycling. Many didn’t know much about 3D printing and were amazed to learn that we could actually print with recycled plastic bottles.
Well done and congratulation to all FLKL students !

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CUBE STORY #2 – Re-inventing education with 1600 participants

Every 30 years New-Zealanders stop for a while and take a time, as a nation, to reflect on their education system. 2018 was one of those rare milestones, starting point of new ambitions. And we have been lucky enough to be part of it.

Led by the Minister of Education a nation-wide consultation has been organised inviting all the communities to express their convictions on the future of education. The subject was not only kids scholarship but rather the education as a life-long project with no consideration of age, gender or race.

This ambitious 1-year project started with 2 very large quick-of sessions. New Zealanders from all walks of life have been invited to initiate the debate and create momentum before coming-back to their communities and spread the words.

Openfield was in charge of designing and delivering the two sessions. We have been involved in this amazing project since the very beginning – thank you for trusting us again.

Organising events of this scale comes with its own set of challenges:

– The venues were extremely wide (the first one was an Arena!), cold and inhospitable. We needed to frame the space in order to create a welcoming experience and keep the participants energy condensed.

– We wanted the 800 participants to engage actively, work, sketch and share their thoughts and outcomes. We had to find a solution avoiding multiple furniture in order to save cost and improve modularity.

– Finally we wanted this important milestone to be memorable. With the constraint of having so many people we couldn’t create a human size experience. It would have been hidden by the first row. It had to be big and tall enough to be seen from all.

To overcome these 3 challenges we brought in 1000 Tetrix cubes and 100 iPads with the Workshop application installed.

→ Shape the space.

It has been decided in order to maximise the level of discussion to divide the venue into 4 independent spaces. Each area was delimited by elegant partitions made of cubes. For the entrance we created large doors, framed with colorful drawings. Framing the venue drastically improved the overall experience from orientation to energy retention.

The cubes gave us great freedom of creation as we were able to build almost any kind of shape anywhere.

The cubes arrived on pallets the day before the session started. Moving the pallets where the cubes were the most needed saved the team a lot of time and energy.

The divisions are rising.

One area delimited by cubes partition. We can see at the back the partitions are also used for display purposes.

→ Collaborative tools

Our goals for the 2 sessions were to provide the same level of collaboration as usual (despite the large number of people) and not compromise with our ecological principles (we are always very careful on waste and deliver as often as possible paperless events).

The participants worked by small group of 6 to 8 persons to maximise the exchanges. Each group have been given a whiteboard table and 1 iPad.The whiteboard table brings many benefits. By sitting around at the same level everyone can grab a pen and start sketching anytime. It breaks the old pattern of somebody having to stand up to take the notes for the group. We chose to create small tables (two cubes only) to get the participants closer to each other. It prevented them from speaking too loudly and keep the energy condensed.

The groups were receiving their assignments on the iPad. With the Workshop application, all the contents created by the groups were shared real time on the iPads.

A group set-up: seven participants for a two-cubes whiteboard table and one iPad.

Participant sketching on a whiteboard table with an iPad displaying the assignment.

A few participants made their own space. A perfect example of how the cubes reinforce autonomy and engagement.

We used also the cube in several ways during the event proving the versatility of the cubes.

They have been ‘coffee table’ on stage.

Information poles throughout in the space.

As well feed-back box.

→ Say it loud

Emotional impact is always an important part of our workshop. But how to create a sensible experience for such a large crowd…?

We created 3 large sculptures serving different purposes:The first one was a very large ‘knowledge’ wall. A static support for visual content. In our case it has been used by the participants to give feed-back and leave messages. Usually a knowledge wall is only a few meters long. This one measured more than 10 meters long and up to 2.4 meters high.

The second sculpture was a totem. Much smaller than the knowledge wall, it was placed at the center of the space. It was covered by participants’ outcomes, thoughts and feed-back.

Our last sculpture was another totem called the lighthouse. 4m high, illuminated at the top, this is the highest sculpture we have created so far.

Our goal was to create a rally point, and an iconic element that everybody could remember once back home. We thought a lighthouse made sense. It would help our participants keep faith during their long journey of discussions and debates across the country.

This project has been the most intimidating and exhilarating we have ever done.

Intimidating because we had a lot on our shoulders. Creating the wireless infrastructure for 2 sessions of 800 participants was at least challenging and bringing 1000 cubes in New-Zealand and moving them from city to city has been really exhausting – but we made it! Thank you CreativeHQ and Katy. It wouldn’t have been possible without you. Exhilarating because we were surrounded by amazing people with great talent and animated by a great faith.

Those 2 sessions have been immensely successful, and we came back home filled with gratitude.

I wish we could do it again in 30 years! 😉

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Tetrix Cubes Now Available in Australia

We are extremely pleased to announce that our Tetrix cubes are now available for rental in Australia!

From one day for a workshop to a few months for a collaborative space – all durations are possible.

In this new adventure, we teamed-up with Broderix. They have a great experience with the local market (many of you know them already) and will deliver the whole country from their Sydney warehouse.

For those who do not know our cubes yet, Tetrix is a modular environment composed of magnetic cubes that combine to create multiple shapes.

A cube can be a stool, 4 cubes become a table, 20 cubes form a partition, and so on. A single space can thus have an infinity of configurations and serve different roles.

Because the cubes are easy to move, users get involved, test, move, and model the furniture they need when they need it. To improve the interactions, the cubes are covered with different elements like whiteboard surfaces, cushions, wheels, etc.

Sydney is our third warehouse after Paris and Kuala Lumpur.

Here are the countries we are currently covering for short and long term rental:
From Paris: France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Italia
From Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
From Sydney: Australia, from East to West.

We will gladly assist you with your future workshop or collaborative space, so do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Contact Kai:

Contact Valentin:

For more about the Tetrix cubes, visit

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Local Plastic waste recycling project

Hello everyone;

As you may know, we at TingTang Design are putting a lot of effort into creating a more sustainable production and one of our objective is to shift from using virgin plastic to recycled plastic.

We have completed many tests and prototypes recently by 3D printing with 100% recycled plastic and the results came out great.
So we are happy to announce that from now onwards our cube’s feet will only be produced from 100% recycled plastic.☺ – orders are open!

With one small water bottle we can produce up to 3 feet.

The printed part keep the transparency of the plastic bottle it has been made of.

But this is only the beginning and we want to push forward!
Our next objective is to recycle local plastic waste to produce 3D printer filament.

Often, finding the value behind the waste is the best way to clean our landscape…

How it would work: We will collect local plastic waste (we have already found partners) focusing first on PET plastic (typically water bottle). We will wash, grind, dry and melt them to produce filament for 3D printer.

This filament will then be sold, mainly to ourselves, and the money collected will help in expanding the initiative to other places because Malaysia needs a lot of this little recycling plants.

This being said, buying the first set of machinery and producing the first batch of filament is expensive. To start off the project we are launching a fund raising campaign.

We welcome any amount of contribution be it small or big!


You may visit our Gogetfunding page to contribute :

You can also read more about our project on our website

We will keep you posted!


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Cube Story #1 – Highly modular space for a 40 participants workshop

WildIsTheGame & OpenField - Paris 2019

Our first client story is an event held by WildIsTheGame and Openfield which took place in Paris on 10th of April 2019. The workshop consisted of 40 participants for a duration of 2 ½ days and was conducted using 70 Tetrix cubes.

Prior to the actual session the client and our team at TingTang designed a high and elegant totem to be placed at the very center of the space. It was meant to be both, a symbolic place for participants to meet and exchange as well as a knowledge wall to gather and display the groups’ outputs.

Unfortunately, on the day of the event, the workshop coordinators realised what they thought was a good place to build the totem was the only space available to set-up a plenary. With hours left for the session to begin, they found themselves with the need for fresh ideas.

The cubes are built to not only accommodate needs in the form of tools for events but also to provide a sense of freedom while creating a space. This enabled the staffs to build a new setup in a short span of time. Instead of a tower they went ahead and build a welcoming plenary, using Tetrix as stools and decor. With the remaining cubes the team raised two gates framing the entrance to guide the newly arrived participants to their place.

Note – We believe the arrival of participants is a key and unique experience to be treated with special care.
The new comers have to feel that the space they are entering is different, that they are leaving behind their everyday routines and habits. Creating this rite of passage with two gates was a really nice idea. –

Once the participants had been briefed, they were each given a Tetrix cube. They were able to use the 6 sides covered with whiteboard to capture their thoughts and later one report-out to the broader group.

The following day a rising sculpture took place at the plenary as the scriber begin to add key outputs, and relevant messages to it. It was completed just before the final conclusion so everyone could appreciate the amount of insights collected and feel the pride of having being part of it.

This session had been remarkable by how well the team had exploited the full potential of the cubes. From a symbolic sculpture, to a welcoming set-up. From being a support of restitution to a rising knowledge wall. The cubes have been able to support all kind of set-ups and have proven their great flexibility.

Credit source: WildIsTheGame and Openfield.