Going with the Grain Challenge


The challenge is presented by The Nature Conservancy and Forest Stewardship Council-US (FSC-US) (FSC-US) and is operated by Design 21: Social Design Network

Sponsored by EcoSystems

Challenge Brief

The Going with the Grain Challenge is to design an original and compelling object that can be made from a single sheet of FSC-certified plywood measuring 4-feet x 8-feet x 1-inch.

All are welcome to enter, including furniture designers and manufacturers, architects and industrial designers.

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Going with the Grain Challenge: Hardware Option

EcoSystems Alpha Hardware
EcoSystems Alpha Hardware

Alpha is a series of 3 connectors that allow you to connect horizontal and vertical wood surfaces. Male and female connectors attach independently to the surfaces and then slot together with a proprietary fitting. This allows flat-pack of your design and tool-free assembly. Think LEGO more than IKEA. The two different females, one single-sided and one double-sided, provide both connecting and extending options. Download the PDF below for specifics on how to use the connectors.

Hardware Files

PDF – Description and guidelines to incorporate the hardware.

3DM – Rhino 3D file

3DS – 3D Studio Max file

DWG – AutoCAD Drawing 3D file

DXF – AutoCAD Drawing Exchange 3D file

IGS – IGES 3D file


Going with the Grain Challenge

Going with the Grain Challenge: Hardware Option

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