Working with Flötotto, Werner Aisslinger created a new wooden storage range called ADD, comprising open and closed shelving units, sideboards, lowboards, highboards, and chests of drawers.

It’s not surprising that when German furniture manufacturer Flötotto wanted to add a new line of modular furniture aimed at the increasing number of transient lifestylers of the world, they called on Werner Aisslinger.

Throughout his career, the German designer has created striking pieces based on his embrace of future ways of living and high-tech materials, and his work features in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and MoMA in New York.

In 2003, he developed the Loftcube project, modular, temporary housing solution for peripatetic renters, intended to be lifted by crane onto the flat rooftops of the postwar apartment buildings that have proliferated in Berlin and many other cities.

Aisslinger’s a new wooden storage range – called ADD – created with Flötotto, includes open and closed shelving units, sideboards, lowboards, highboards and chests of drawers. ADD was created for either office or home, with a clean, stripped-back aesthetic and a colour palette of neutrals and brights.

The beauty of the system is that Aisslinger designed the lengths, depths and widths of each module to be compatible, so elements such as front, side and back panels can be added or changed easily, enabling the furniture to be simply and quickly adapted to any space or requirement.

The star of the show, however, is something so paradoxically humble it’s almost invisible – a small plastic joint that seamlessly connects the timber profiles to create the structural frame of each piece and hides the join (patent pending). It is also the basis of a new installation technique. Each node has fasteners that simply clip onto the interchangeable elements (and off again).

“ADD literally contains a ‘hidden hero’, since the highly complex joint is integrated into the load-bearing wooden elements in such a way that it remains invisible from the outside,” says Aisslinger. “This gives the system an elegant, domestic look. Offering all the benefits of a system, ADD also works perfectly when used as a stand-alone unit.”

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