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The evolution of Architecture:

HISTORY


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.



1908

Henry Dudeney All that is gold

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.

1987

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.

D*Table 1987

2008

D*Haus 2008

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

D*Studio 2008
Lapland

2010

Following the success of the D*Haus, Daniel Woolfson joined the company.



Daniel Woolfson

"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."

BBC Culture Show Special Memories
D*Haus Model

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."

D*Light Corian

2011

D*Table maquette Corian Logo
D*Table Corian
The D*Haus Company is set to cause a revolution in architecture and design by transforming Dudeney's idea from the conceptual, to the physical. Inspired by Dudeney's logic puzzle, each D*Haus dwelling is capable of adapting to changing patterns of living in the future. D*Haus is continuing the journey that Dudeney began by breathing new life into a century-old concept; not only to define a space, but a lifestyle. Dynamic Living.

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