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Adventures with Evolvex, part two

Building.

Remember that time I ordered something from Evolvex? Well, it came in the mail recently, so now I can write the follow-up post. YEAH!

packages!

My cube came in two packages because I’d technically bought two items: one box held the cushion, and the other held pieces for the cube itself, as well as a bag of screws and other bits you’ll need to put your furniture together. My piece has a door, so it also came with two hinges. They were wrapped carefully in padding to ensure that the pieces wouldn’t get damaged in transit.

all wrapped up

It also came with personalised instructions in a brown envelope, which I thought was lovely.

Building the cube was relatively easy; if you know how to use a screwdriver, it’s just a matter of identifying which screws go where, and popping the pieces into place. You can see this in more detail in the video below, in which I made Kyri put together the cube while I filmed, for your viewing pleasure.

Adventures with Evolvex, Part One

Ordering.

Remember that time I went to the Evolvex website launch? I fell in love with their furniture, but being a poor graduate fumbling through unpaid internships with no actual need for new shelf or table, I couldn’t actually justify buying anything at the time. But now, Evolvex have given me the fantastic opportunity to test out their site, in the form of a store credit, which I am psyched about.

So! This weekend I took another gander at their site, this time with my buying hat on (it’s a fancy hat, made of money) and tried out the Evolvex Builder. I was hoping that they’d made some improvements to it since the last time I visited, but alas, it looked pretty much the same, and just as clunky. I had fallen in love with a stool that doubles as a storage unit that was on display at the pop-up shop, and tried to recreate it in the builder. However, it got too finnicky trying to fit the pieces together and I just gave up in the end. I’ve been told the builder is still buggy, though the team is working on it.

gaze upon my failure in wonder

pictorial evidence of my failure

Another one of my issues was that there didn’t seem to be a way to purchase items separately. I  wanted extra panels to play with, but there didn’t really seem to be an official way to purchase them. I contemplated just putting all the extra pieces I wanted into the builder and clicking straight through to the checkout, but it didn’t seem right.

After a quick email, I was told that individual parts would be added to the store in the coming weeks, so that’s a relief. Regarding the Builder, in addition to working out the kinks, I believe they’re working on providing video tutorials, so it’ll be easier to navigate in the future; they’ve got a YouTube channel set up, and are slowly adding more videos, like the one below, so check that out.

But what do we do before then? Luckily, the site does have some pre-designed pieces for sale, which means you can probably skip the Designer altogether and still buy Evolvex’s wares, at least until they figure out a more user-friendly system.

They had a piece for sale that was similar to the stool I wanted in (unsurprisingly) the pop-up shop section of the site. What I wanted was basically a stackable cube with a door and a pillow to turn it into a seat; alas, the stackable cube doesn’t come with a pillow, but green and orange ones were sold separately for $45, again in the pop-up section. Hooray! I added the cube and pillow to my shopping cart, and was on my way.

behold, my purchases!

I already have a desk and bookshelf that serve me well, what I need is a box to hold things, and an extra seat to offer to people who wander into my room. The great thing is, once I move into a bigger (or even smaller) space, I can re-appropriate the box-stool into something else. I can buy more pieces and make a bigger box! or a desk or something. The possibilities are endless.

Anyway, delivery takes about two to three weeks, so stick around for part two of Adventures with Evolvex, where I’ll probably post a video of me trying to assemble this fine piece of furniture. OH WHAT FUN WE HAVE ON THIS BLOG!

Evolvex by Luxmy website launch

Evolvex by Luxmy is a new company dedicated to providing eco-friendly, totally customisable furniture. It’s the brainchild of father/daughter duo Sudhindra and Priyanka Rao. You can work from a pre-designed template of a bookshelf or a desk and purchase as-is, or you can go into designer mode and customise the pieces yourself: adding or subtracting shelves, sides, doors, changing up the colours — the Evolvex team liken the experience to playing with Lego; you can pretty much let your imagination go wild, building and re-building to suit your needs.

Their website officially launched this Wednesday, and I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch party, thanks to the Soup. It was held at District 01 in Darlinghurst, a funky warehouse-type space, with bare lightbulbs hanging low from the ceiling, and samples of the furniture itself scattered around the room.

delicious!

also tables of chips and booze

I sat on and touched all the furniture, because that’s just how I get in home ware stores. If a store has chairs I sit in all the chairs. Beds? I lie on all the beds. Beanbags? I take a small running jump and cannonball into all the beanbags. Needless to say, no one wants to go furniture shopping with me anymore. But I can safely say that it’s all pretty durable stuff.

Besides being of a high enough quality to withstand my shenanigans, Evolvex furniture is also aesthetically pleasing; the panels and cushions come in a variety of colours and because each part is meant to be interchangeable, the design is sleek and minimalist.

District 01 is an ideal place for Evolvex to showcase their range

but I’m just really bad at taking photos

case in point

The Evolvex team are as creative and innovative as their designs: I was talking to Priyanka about the furniture they had on display, and she mentioned that the cushions were a last-minute idea that they had come up and manufactured just days before the website launch.
Right now, the Evolvex range is mainly shelves, desks and stools, but they’re looking to launch a set of lounge pieces in March 2012. They had a prototype chair on display at the launch, and don’t think I didn’t take full advantage of it.

I’m not embarrassing at all.

The website itself was one I and a bunch of Soupers had been testing for weeks, giving feedback and trying to improve the flow of the site. The Evolvex Designer (where you customise your furniture) is still a little buggy, but the rest of the site looks fantastic. It was on display at the launch night, hooked up to a nice, large screen and practically inviting people to check it out. I didn’t see many people take a gander around the site that night, which was a shame, because I sure did and was sufficiently impressed.

fun fun fun fun

as evidenced by these badly-edited photographs

But this is the 21st Century, and the Internet is a magical place, which means you can browse the Evolvex site from the comfort of your own home. How about that!

But if the online experience isn’t enough to pique your interest, you can check out the furniture yourself IRL because they have a pop-up shop in Darlinghurst. But be quick, it’s only there from the 16th-20th of November.

Evolvex by Luxmy pop-up shop:
District 01
74-76 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(but the entrance is on the other side, on Foley St)

They’re also on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and if you sign up to their newsletter, you get $20 off your first order. Not to mention, you’ll be among the first to find out when the Designer part of their website launches for real and gets more user-friendly (as I heard it will do in the coming months).

In summary: yay for cool furniture!