Softblock is one half of molo’s softwall + softblock modular system. Softblocks can be thought of as paper partition building blocks that stack and attach end to end, then quickly reconfigure to fulfill new functions. Their modular design gives paper softblocks impressive versatility in a variety of settings.
Softblocks are made from a flexible paper honeycomb geometry that expands/contracts and has impressive weight bearing capacity. Available in heights from 1’ to 4’ tall, every softblock expands from a compressed length of 2” up to 15’ (100 times its original length). softwall + softblock create straight lines and flowing curves, with a wonderfully poetic form derived directly from the designs’ function.
The paper molo uses to make softblock is made from a combination of 50% post-consumer recycled paper pulp and 50% new long fibre. The addition of new fibre is essential for creating a robust, high-quality paper that has the durability to be expanded, compressed, and re-expanded over and over. Despite making use of a material that is generally considered disposable, softwall + softblock paper partitions show the strength of well-crafted paper and are made for long-term use.
Patented magnetic end panels allow softblock paper partitions to easily attach and detach from each other. When softblocks are used individually, these magnetic end panels can be closed onto themselves giving the paper partition building blocks a continuous rounded end and extra stability. The magnetic panels can also be anchored to existing steel structures; however, softwall + softblock are completely self-supporting and do not require any tools, hardware, or supports for installation. A single softblock is able to fulfill a variety of functions (a low partition that allows sightlines overtop, a countertop/display surface, etc.) but the modular nature of the design brings further possibilities. Softblocks have even greater flexibility when combined in groups – like the potential gained by adding one piece of Lego to another. Because each softblock connects together easily with their concealed magnets (softwall paper partitions and paper chair softseating can connect to softblock as well), any length of paper partition can be quickly created, with the joints between each softblock blending discretely into the rhythm of vertical paper pleats.
The inherent strength of the honeycomb structure also allows softblocks to be stacked in horizontal layers to create wall, window, and even ceiling structures. A stack of softblocks can reach heights of 15’ entirely with paper. softwall, a taller version of softblock available in 6’ to 10’ heights, gives another option for full height paper partition walls that can be easily moved as a single unit.