It has been a long process with a lot of trial and error, but finally here it is! The new whiteboard tile for the Tetrix cube is available. This new design fixes a few flaws our first version had. It was too fragile, too heavy and had a tendency to slide down from the cube. This upgraded version is flexible and therefore do not fear dropping it. It is almost unbreakable! 😉 Its weight has also improved by 15%. And finally, we have added 4 magnetic rings at the back that connect within the cube, so the tile is always perfectly aligned and can’t slide anymore.
Here is our fourth build and this time it is giant letters. YEAH!
During workshop, we often need to build big signage or large sculptures, so that they are visible from afar and not only by the first row.
Even though the Tetrix cubes are magnetic, the bonding force was not enough for large construction. Multiple cubes couldn’t stand above the void, for example.
To remedy the situation, we have created the connector that allows you to firmly connect two cubes. By multiplying those connectors, your structure becomes really stiff so you can go for higher and more complex shapes.
This is ‘1 Week, 1 Build’ #3 and this time we have done a bleacher. It is a simple yet very useful build, as many of us often host presentations in their space. This one has two levels but it can easily be upgraded into a 3 level bleacher if you need to accommodate more people. One important tip here: as people need to walk across in order to reach their seat, we found that adding a few pieces of wood as a walk path improves the stiffness a lot and prevents your cube from being damaged or getting dirty.
We had a few pieces left over in our workshop but you can get plywood custom cut (1x40x80 cm) for a very cheap price almost anywhere.
It is so good when we get excited by new ideas. I can hear the ‘we could do this and do that!’ resonating in our space again recently. But too often those ideas are beaten by the means at our disposal and end up in a sad, ‘it could have been so nice…’
This is a pity because those moments are more than spontaneous sparks of creativity; they are rare opportunities given to the group to build pride and a shared belief that they have in them what it takes to make it happen.
This is the main purpose behind the Tetrix cubes. Empowering the people. Giving a chance to the ‘just do it’ spirit to bloom and transform the way people interact and work.
Our second build this week is a bit of a result of such mindset. We were having a conversation about how disturbing it can be to have a video conference in an open space and how great it would be to have a little soundproof cabin… Here is the result!
Our phonebooth can accommodate 1 person, has been soundproofed by adding cushions on the walls and the ceiling, has a wooden desk (I had this piece of wood from a previous project) and a light so we always look awesome on the video.
We have also added a little bit of comfort with 3 cute plushes.
Hello everyone. Good news! It is now easier, faster, and cheaper to get your Tetrix cubes in France and Europe. Makiba, a company specialised in active furniture, has become our very own official reseller. They have everything in stock – from cubes to whiteboard, as well as the newly released connector (see more here). If you want to meet them in person and discover the Tetrix solution, they will be at the Workspace Expo on September 1st, 2nd, & 3rd 2020 (details below). Come see them! They will be more than happy to share a cup of coffee with you while talking about modular environments 😉
— 3 minutes transformation turning a bookshelf into a bleacher —
A last-minute visit, more participants in a meeting … Sometimes you need to transform your space quickly to counter the unexpected. Here is how we turn our bookshelf into a small bleacher, large enough to seat 12 people. The transformation takes only 3 minutes 😉
here is the original bookshelfand the final bleacher.
Now that we are returning to the office, we feel the need to protect ourselves and our colleagues better. A desk shield is one of the accessories you may want to put in place to prevent contamination.
We designed a bracket to use with your Tetrix cube side and use it as a desk shield.
It is a straightforward and cheap solution. You can 3D print the bracket yourself (files available here) or order them from us. Of course, the shield works with the Tetrix accessories – you can simply add a whiteboard tile.
Stay safe; stay well
and kudos to Makiba.fr (our official french reseller) for the original idea!
How to store your Tetrix cubes when there is no training nor workshop happening?
Here are two examples that we have built in our office. Many more are possible depending on your layout and the number of cubes you have.
-> A large whiteboard wall
This is an easy one. You just stack all your cubes along a wall, from bottom to top, then cover them with whiteboard tiles. Remember to keep one side open for the pens and wipes.
-> A bookshelf
You can easily transform your whiteboard wall (see above) in a bookshelf by removing the front side of the cubes.
With a bit of inspiration your bookshelf can become a bit more elaborate. We have built one at the entrance of our space that helps to highlight the books we like (or sell ;)) and can be used as a bench as well.