I want to tell you something that I haven't told you yet. For some time now (not sure how long ago, 3 kids slow things down a bit), I have been working on Muki - my cardboard flat pack dog. Next week I will be kicking off a campaign on Indiegogo trying to raise funds to manufacture Muki. I’m not sure if I am more nervous or excited, my stomach is flipping and turning, and sleeping is not on my to-do list. I feel like I am not ready, but I don't think I can be more ready than I am. So here I come, ready or not.
Meet Muki, a friendly cardboard dog. He doesn't bite, won’t pee on your rug or chew on your furniture. He comes in a flat package and is easily assembled. Muki is a lovely mix-breed with a long tale, an offshoot/ byproduct of a project I designed and built for a local community center a couple of years ago. The project included a modular cardboard furniture system that was used for play as well as serving as a waiting area for the center. As part of the project I included 5 cardboard dogs of different breeds, one of which was Muki. The first Muki was made of corrugated cardboard with a grid inside for strength and yellow duct tape to seal the edges. I call it Muki classic. It was very strong but took some time and expertise to assemble.
Many people approached me asking me to do workshops that taught how to build a Muki, so I did.
Soon enough I started developing a Muki that comes as a kit and is very easy and quick to assemble, Ikea style, so people will be able to build their own Muki without the need for my expertise. It took some time and some help from Boaz the brilliant engineer. Until one day... it happened, I had the answer. I have switched from corrugated cardboard to honeycomb cardboard and that opened up new possibilities. Honeycomb cardboard enabled me to rethink my construction method and changed the assembly technique to slot connections, which are easy quick and fun to do. A little bit like magic.
I will tell you a little more about Muki next week as my campaign on indiegogo comes to life.