Updated: March 27, 2017 11:29 AM ET | Originally published: March 23, 2017 5:45 AM EDT

As a kid, Anine Kirsten loved building blocks, like Legos, but she was frustrated that she could stack them only “on flat surfaces or at a 90-degree angle,” says the Cape Town–based designer. So she invented Nimuno Loops, which enable users to turn any surface into a base for blocks from Lego, Mega Bloks, Kre-O and more. And they’re not just for kiddie play. Kirsten says the Loops can help grownups accomplish more-utilitarian tasks, like building storage hooks along a wall. Kirsten and her partner, Max Basler, have already surged past their Indiegogo funding goal of $8,000–some 36,000 backers have pledged more than $1.3 million–and the Loops, she says, should hit stores worldwide by August. Next up: glow-in-the-dark and rainbow versions.

–Julia Zorthian

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the crowdfunding platform for Nimuno Loops. It is Indiegogo, not Kickstarter.

This appears in the April 03, 2017 issue of TIME.

Write to Julia Zorthian at julia.zorthian@time.com.

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