The TiKA modular design kit by Florin Cobuz and Adrian Enache is a seriously fun kit that helps you exercise your sense of structure, geometry, and aesthetics. Comprising a base, magnetic balls, and sticks that attach to these magnetic balls/joints, the TiKA allows you to build and test structures, make abstract skeletal frameworks, create trellises for plants, and even create abstract LED lighting!
The metal balls act as joints, while the TiKA’s sticks come with a neodymium magnet insert running through and through. This enables the TiKA to conduct electricity, and introduce TiKA’s LED rod to the mix and the abstract structure turns into abstract lighting at an instant! The TiKA comes in a variety of formats. A regular structure-building kit, a planter building kit, and a lamp building kit. These kits are optimized for both floor-standing and hanging variants, letting you create pretty much anything you choose. Building your TiKA structure starts with its base, to which you add the metal balls. You can then start snapping the magnet/wood sticks to these balls (the sticks make a tik sound as they snap, giving the product its name, TiKA), adding as many sticks as you want, testing the structure’s integrity, and adding more ball joints anywhere you see fit.
The TiKA sticks are designed to last a lifetime. Each stick is made from beech wood, and comes with powerful neodymium magnets. The bases differ from variant to variant. The regular kit provides you with a regular wood base, while the lamp-making kit comes with a wired base that even includes its own dimmer-switch, allowing you to set the mood by building your own lamp and then adjusting the intensity of the light accordingly.