Joining the ranks of toys designed to foster children’s imaginations is a system of wood dowels and flexible silicone connectors that are destined to be co-opted by the grownups. Flexure, which raised $46,471 through a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month, was designed by Richard Elaver, an industrial design professor at Appalachian State University, in Boone, N.C. With six connector types and three dowel lengths, the system is designed to attach intuitively to create forms whose functions range from molecular structures to toy balls and to beverage cozies.

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