The basic concept behind our winning entry to the Winnipeg Design Festival's Proto-Pocket Competition was to create a wood panel system that used tabs and notches to interlock the panels together, allowing different configurations to occur. The competition brief called for the installation size to be limited to 24" x 24" x 60". This determined the size of the tower in which the panels were stored, as well as the maximum size of the panels themselves. We ended up with four different panel sizes, which fit nicely together. The size of the panels were manageable, even for a child, and allowed for quite a bit of creative freedom, without being intimidating. The instructions were simple: remove the panels, assemble as you like, and have fun!

Our goal was to create something that engaged the public in a playful way, while provoking ideas of design, creativity, space, and building.