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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 😉
All the details about the Workspace Expo on
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 (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 😉


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
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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:

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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!