The Octopallet is a DIY flexible urban furniture commissioned by the Toronto NGO Evergreen Brick Works. Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental center that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably. Transformed from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability, Evergreen Brick Works is both a stage and incubator for Evergreen’s programs such combining ecology, design, technology and the arts in a hands-on, multi-sensory educational environment. Evergreen open spaces were lacking seating areas, which could easily adapt to its changing programs. As a response, we developed the Octopallet, a DIY furniture for the public realm which uses recycled pallets, kindly donated by Whole Foods Toronto.

The furniture developed form an octagon, a shape that can easily facilitate group meetings or be organized around an existing tree. However, this octagon group furniture acts like a puzzle: it is subdivided into several pieces. Each piece allows for a different usage: seating, chatting, eating, relaxing, chess playing etc… The different pieces are designed to have the possibility to be reassembled in a diversity of manners, depending on the user types, events and space available. The Octopallet is 100% sustainable: it is built using pallets only, producing no waste in the process. The ease of construction, layout flexibility and interactive aspect of the Octopallet makes it ideal for public spaces. One full scale prototype was assembled manually and placed at Evergreen Brick Works in June 2012.

Pallets were donated by Whole Foods.


Team: Aziza Chaouni, John Bautista, Hannah Tabatabaie (ACP) | Nicolas Roland | Nima Tabatabaie (Photography)