Itay Laniado, whose Family Photos project we blogged last year, has created a new series that utilizes tension, comprising of three projects: a walking stick, a ladder and a wallet.
The walking stick is made from a broom handle that's split partway down the middle and held in tension by an orange cord and a wooden strut. Simple enough, but also weird and ingenious.
His wallet is equally direct: a routed block of hardwood provides a cavity for change and bills; a credit card is rubber banded over it to close it up.
Finally, the collapsible ladder—the series' centerpiece—is held together by a ratcheting strap clamp, which also forms two of the rungs. The ladder packs down compactly, with the legs tucking into the routed grooves that held them up.
It looks a little scary, but Laniado seems confident enough.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.