Piperoid Robots

Rejuvenate your hands-on creative spirit with the buildable, paper pipe desk mates


When it came to Lego starships, friendship bracelets and sandcastles, there was nothing like getting your hands a little dirty and creating daily, back when we were kids. It’s a shame that for so many adults—even for many of us working in creative fields—that the inventive, hands-on spirit is becoming an increasingly rare occurrence. Thankfully, there’s a quick fix: Take a step back from the computer screen with Piperoid, the build-able paper pipe robots. All you need is a pair of scissors and a lunch break.


Piperoid, the award-winning paper handicraft from Japan, is a simple way to switch up your creative medium and will offer just the daily challenge needed to keep the mind sharp. To assemble, simply cut the tubes along the white lines, fold along the dotted lines and slide each into place using the included instruction sheet. The team at Piperoid has created more than 30 different robots—with many more in the works—each of which come with a robot sidekick and personal bio. At just two to five inches tall, they double as desk knick-knacks, collectibles, even paper or card holders. Though Piperoid was created with adults in mind, it’s likewise suited for ambitious kids with an affinity for robots.

Piperoid Robots are available from the MoMA Store for $18.

Photos by Lauren Espeseth