Is it modular? Connectable? Does it even vaguely resemble a tiny building? Then you can bet it’s a toy that designers and architects will fawn over. New to this category are Troxes, tri-winged bits of paper that interlock with identical brethren to create spatially complex constructions evoking the work of Buckminster Fuller.
Within a week of launching a Kickstarter campaign to bring the product to market, creator Jonathan Bobrow has crowdfunded more than double his initial goal of $10,000.
Bobrow developed Troxes as a student at the MIT Media Lab when he got an assignment to make what’s called a “press-fit kit”—essentially a self-interlocking system of objects (like Legos). He liked the structural strength and efficiency of triangles and how these interlocking pieces could combine into larger structures: Tetrahedrons, octahedrons, and icosahedrons. Soon, the assignment turned into a full-blown obsession, and now, a business.
According to Bobrow, the novel spatial play promoted by his design can help rewire our brains—making it easier for us to envision the non-cubic spaces and constructs prevalent in the natural world.