Meet Kagen Sound, the Award-Winning Designer Behind the World’s Most Intricate Puzzle Boxes
As a child, Kagen Sound crafted a cardboard puzzle box that, to open, required the user to move a piece hidden within the work. The Rubik’s Cube-esque project sparked a lifelong passion for the designer, who’s now known worldwide for his wildly intricate patterns and sequences.
In a new documentary, the Wired team visits Sound’s garage studio, where he walks viewers through his process and workspace. Melding his background in math with 20 years of woodworking experience, the designer uses simple joinery techniques to formulate springs, geometric slides, and elegant motifs made with interlaced materials. “A lot of times if I can determine a finish for a particular kind of wood, it will unlock a project in itself,” he says. Containing secret mechanisms and maneuvers, these mind-boggling works have brought Sound international recognition as one of the best puzzle box designers in the world.