As the world contemplates a return to public spaces, one of Australia’s top design minds has developed a smart solution to the challenge of physical distancing.
Offering an affectionate design nod to the cult Playplax children’s design toy of the 1970s, Clikclax is the innovative Perspex brainchild of award-winning Melbourne-based entrepreneur and designer, Zahava Elenberg.
As co-founder of storied architecture firm Elenberg Fraser and founder of furniture and fit-out company Move-in, Zahava is a master of great design. Made in Australia, her ground-breaking new mobile system, Clikclax is the fun and adaptable solution to the very 2020 problem of physical distancing for workplaces - and beyond.
Like all of the world’s best inventions, Clikclax was born out of necessity, initially conceived as a post-pandemic return solution for Move-in’s open-plan Melbourne office. Once she nailed the prototype, Zahava says the system’s broad functionality and adaptability soon became apparent.
“Clikclax is a colourful, fun design-based answer to the deeply unimaginative sneeze-guards that have become ubiquitous since the arrival of Covid-19,” Zahava explains. “Not only has Clikclax been designed to enhance the look of a space, but it’s also super fun to put together and infinitely customisable, with a life of its own - much like the game that inspired it.”
She adds: “Clikclax isn’t just for offices; it’s for any communal space; anywhere people want to come together but need to keep safely apart. It’s fun and functional and flexible.”
Customisable and flexible enough to be installed on desks, countertops, and workspaces of different sizes, Clikclax can be adapted to fit a range of applications and settings. Light enough to be transportable, the smart instant spacing system consists of a series of 10 interlocking Perspex sheets of varying shapes and sizes, plus six bases that all combine to create an easily assembled kit.
“Clikclax is a verb as well as a noun,” Zahava says. “And my dream is to see people Clikclaxing all over the world - in a range of situations, from offices and co-working spaces to schools and student accommodation, hotels, galleries, and libraries, at communal tables in cafes and restaurants, and on floors, for kids to play together, apart. I can also see Clikclax working on a larger scale, as people-sized partitions and wayfinding demarcations. There’s nothing we can’t click together,” Zahava explains.
Made in Australia from Perspex, Clikclax kits are available to purchase online and come in a range of colours - from bright Flouro and hyper-minimal Clear kits to colourways inspired by the Australian bush. Customised options are also available.
Notably, the brand is donating $5 from every online sale to a series of Australian charities, with the first month’s donations going to WWF’s Adopt a Koala appeal.
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