Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) is
recyclable and impact- and puncture-resistant.
The wall modules are available in three standard configurations and five color palettes, or
they can be custom ordered.
A home-improvement project by Greg Lynn
evolves into the Blobwall, a modular wall
system produced by Panelite.
Interior walls, partitions, and enclosures.
(Panelite is currently
testing its feasibility
for outdoor use.)
Hollow “blobs” of
into wall modules
Its name may reek of science fiction, but Greg
Lynn’s Blobwall was conceived under pretty prosaic circumstances. Inspired by kids’ outdoor toys
and 1970s Italian interiors, Lynn had the idea to
put a colorful plastic wall inside the home he is
building for his family in Venice Beach, California.
He designed a hollow plastic form—a blob, as it
were—that could function as a whimsical alternative to bricks, with heat-welding replacing mortar. The commercial applications quickly became
apparent. “A very big percentage of small-scale
construction is plastic,” he says. “But it’s some horrible beige plastic made to look like wood. I thought,
Well, why not tackle this big chunk of the environment that, really, nobody designs?”
For now, however, the Blobwall’s commercial
incarnation is more modest. Panelite is offering it in
three standard modules—eight feet tall, in widths
of three to six feet—which ship as finished walls
already assembled and heat-welded together. “The
modules are a way to make the Blobwall a little
more accessible,” says Panelite’s cofounder and
CEO, Emmanuelle Bourlier. But the company will
also work with clients to customize the walls in
virtually any size, color, or configuration.
Lynn hopes eventually to take the idea even further. “It’s in the air that people are thinking of these
three-dimensional cellular lattice structures,” he
says. “The Blobwall is simply one of the first, or the
first, manifestation of it. But I think it’s very applicable at a lot of different scales.” Lynn says that the
blobs, or a variation on them, could even be applied
to building-scale construction. The Blobhouse?
Now that really does sound like science fiction.
—Mason Currey T