The evolution of Architecture:
Although The D*Haus Company is inspired by the concept of dynamic living within modern, contemporary spaces, D*Haus creations are the culmination of an intriguing history that spans an entire century.
The success of the D*Haus is a testament to the notion that long-forgotten ideas from the past can inform modern thinking: the cutting edge design formula employed by The D*Haus is in fact the result of a brainwave belonging to a mathematical genius, whose fascinating idea lay tragically dormant for almost 90 years.
This is the journey of how one man's stroke of genius at the turn of the 20th century evolved to become an exciting and innovative architecture and design company.
In 1903, English mathematician Henry Ernest Dudeney published his mathematical 'Haberdasher's Puzzle' in the newspaper, 'Weekly Dispatch'.
Dudeney's puzzle posed a baffling conundrum: how to divide an equilateral triangle into four pieces to be reassembled into a square.
The Royal Society was intrigued in this geometrical novelty, and in 1905 Dudeney demonstrated his puzzle at a meeting of the Society.
Surprisingly, Dudeney's achievement lay unnoticed in the pages of history until nearly 90 years later, when his novel idea was stumbled upon by Maty Grunberg.
Intrigued by Dudeney's masterpiece, Grunberg used the concept as a blueprint to construct a table. The design was an innovative success, and left a lasting impression on Grunberg's five year old son, David.
It is this event that served as the catalyst for the future establishment of The D*Haus Company.
Keen to explore the exciting possibilities the field of design presented to him as a child, David went on to study architecture.
In order to complete his dissertation, David was asked to design a prefabricated house that could withstand the extreme subarctic temperatures of Lap Land, a region of Finland and Sweden infamous for its harsh weather conditions.
David began researching prefabricated furniture when his mind wandered back to the original D*Table his father had designed twenty two years earlier. After gaining his father's approval, David went on to develop and launch the D*Haus, the world's first prefabricated dynamic house.
"The strength of the prefabricated house lies in its popularity, its cheapness and the industrial base from which it operates. These are precisely the areas in which modern architecture is weakest." - Colin Davies
Following the success of the D*Haus, Daniel Woolfson joined the company.
Internationally-acclaimed British architect Sir David Chipperfield commended the D*Haus dynamic model and placed it centre stage in the architecture room. D*Haus appeared on the BBC's 'The Culture Show' alongside Sir David (see left).
"Of the half a dozen Royal Academy Summer Shows that I have visited, this year's presents by far the most engaging architecture room." - Ellis Woodman, Building Design Magazine."
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