Every adult's dream: Make your own Lego bar. Photo: Everblock
If you've always had a yearning to build your own furniture but never had the actual skills required to do it, then do we have a treat for you! Everblock is a modular building system of giant plastic blocks in the image of Lego pieces that can be used to build anything from furniture, walls and shelving to entire rooms.
It's a grown-up version of Lego that's just as fun and creative but endlessly useful. Anything you've constructed can be taken apart and re-assembled again, and the polypropylene blocks build fully-functioning furniture and structures and come in 14 colours and three sizes.
Everblock's creator and die-hard Lego enthusiast Arnon Rosan has pretty much thought of everything: each block has at least one channel that allows power cables, reinforcing wooden dowels, or LED strips to snake through the blocks so they can be illuminated or stabilised when building larger structures.
Rosan explains that even seasoned Lego fans can get stumped when working with the life-size pieces, but encourages builders to travel back to their youth and remember the basics like "stacking the blocks like bricks and staggering them so a brick covers the seam of the two below it." For those whose memories are hazy, Everblock's website features a 'virtual builder' tool people can use to create designs and determine how many bricks they'll need.
Rosan hopes to expand the range to include windows and doors so people can build complete structures. He also sees applications for the product in emergency housing. "You could drop two pallets of these by helicopter and, the next thing you, know you have a solid, rigid structure."
While the bright, plastic vibe might not suit every adult space, it's hard to deny how amazing these would look as part of any kid's room or outdoor play area or what a great gift they might be for the dedicated Lego fan in your life.