Like others who found their way to a career in product design, Dimitris Niavis spent a significant amount of his childhood tearing apart toys, figuring out how they work and ultimately reassembling them again. Today, the designer is using that same train of thought to rethink local manufacturing with the goal of creating a synergy between local designers, makers, craftsmen and artisans.

The designer’s Platonics Wiref Collection of modular furniture is inspired from the “tools and guidelines used in a digital design process” – although he is not specific as to which – and is designed to be replicated easily across local manufacturing networks with readily available eco-friendly materials and supplies. According to the Greek designer, inspiration (and the name) for the experimental project came from “Plato’s’ realm of ideas and draws inspiration from Platonic solids and the archetypes that shape our everyday lives.”

While the concept consists of many sustainable design attributes that we’ve individually seen before, the design student has presented an interesting case for combining multiple considerations of the product lifecycle into a single end product; starting with the sourcing of local craftsmen and materials to creating flatpack designs that are able to be disassembled and returned to the ground:

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.