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1 week – 1 build #4

Hello everyone;

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.

The connector is already on sale – check out our online store

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1 week – 1 build #3

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.

Tetrix bleacher

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.

Have a great week!
the TingTang team

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1 week – 1 build #2

Hello everyone;

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.

Build the space you need!

Have a great day.
The TingTang team

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Makiba – new official reseller for Europe

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 😉

www.makiba.fr/tetrix-le-cube
All the details about the Workspace Expo on www.workspace-expo.com
Makiba – stand A15

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1 week – 1 build #1

— 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 bookshelf
and the final bleacher.

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Stay safe, stay well. Tetrix is helping you.

Tetrix Desk Shield

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!

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How to store your Tetrix cubes?

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.

– Exist also in XXL 😉

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How many Tetrix cubes do you need?

People often ask us how many cubes they need to turn a room into a collaborative space.
Unfortunately, there is no golden number – each space is different, and your needs are unique – but we came with a few tips that may help you find the best ratio.

1) Remember your Lego period

The Tetrix cubes are a bit like Lego pieces. You can’t do much if you have too few of them. Where is the fun playing with 4 or 5 pieces, right?
It is so frustrating when a beautiful idea pops up, and you find yourself short of cubes. Higher numbers allow for creativity, thus the more you have, the further you can go.

2) What is your space made for?

There are a few key questions that might help in you finding your right number:
-How many persons do you expect in your space?
– What features is your public expecting? Is your space hosting collaborative workshops, pitch sessions or a world cafe? Or all of them?

Let’s check out a few typical set-ups and their ratio cubes/participant.

Tetrix Plenary
A Plenary set-up with a welcome wall at the entrance of the room.
This simple set-up can be used for presentations or the introduction of a workshop. We used 34 cubes as a stool with a cushion.
On the wall at the entrance, we can draw a welcome message on the added whiteboard tiles.
-> 50 cubes for 34 participants

Tetrix Worldcafe

The world café is a simple and flexible format for hosting large group dialogues.
We have improved the set-up by turning the table into a whiteboard so everyone can take notes easily.
-> 50 cubes for 30 participants.

Tetrix Whiteboard

The whiteboard wall configuration.
On many occasions, we need to break down the group to address topics in parallel and increase efficiency. Whiteboard walls are often the best set-up for both sharing ideas but also as a sound barrier.
All the cubes are covered with whiteboard tiles that can be removed and replaced.
-> 60 cubes for 20 participants.

Tetrix Totem

The totem.
Creating a memorable experience is an important part of our jobs. We named these sculptures ‘totems’, and they are usually covered with quotes from participants or drawings captured during the workshop. They can be a lighthouse, a totem pole, a staircase to the sky … Anything that carries and amplifies the collective spirit of the group.

Here are a few set-ups that were created in 2019.




You can also remove the front side of a cube to create a bookshelf 😉

Budget

Tetrix is not more expensive than whiteboard walls when it comes to transforming a space. Besides, it brings much more flexibility. But we know that budget is often a constraint, so we came with a safe, easy and affordable way to adopt Tetrix.
a) Rent the cubes for a couple of days (for a workshop, for example) and see if you like the concept.
b) Try longer and go for or leasing solution. Ideal for experiencing the cubes in the long term. You can stop at any time – no risk.
c) Tetrix is a scalable solution. It works in your space, and your participants enjoy it? Just add more! It is that simple.

We’ve shown you a few examples and configurations coming from 1.5 to 3 cubes/participant. But at the end of the day, remember that imagination is without limits!

@credit – CoDesign-it