Installations and Exhibtions
Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks is an incubator combining design, culture, sustainability, and technology through a hands-on multi-sensory educational environment. Evergreen Brickworks exists in an old Toronto brick-making factory, where each industrial bay now operates as a flexible programmable space. However, the Brickworks’ open spaces lacked furniture that could be easily reconfigured and reprogrammed to meet its flexible needs. ACP was commissioned to develop the Octopallet, a DIY furniture piece for the public realm. The Octopallet uses recycled pallets which were kindly donated by Whole Foods Toronto.
The furniture was developed in the form of an octagon due to the versatile options this shape offers. Each octopallet is a puzzle, subdivided into several pieces, which can be easily organized and assembled in different configurations depending on the user types, events and space available. Such configurations can facilitate group meetings or allow seating around an existing tree for example. The Octopallet is 100% sustainable: built using decommissioned 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.