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1. (WO2017174137) MODULAR POT, IN PARTICULAR FIRE POT OR DECO POT, AND ASSEMBLY KIT FOR ASSEMBLING SUCH A MODULAR POT
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Description

Modular pot, in particular fire pot or deco pot, and assembly kit for assembling such a modular pot

The underlying invention is related to a modular pot, in particular fire, grill, or deco pot, and an assembly kit for assembling such a modular pot .

Conventional fire pots or fire bowls are comparatively heavy-weighted, and mostly in the shape of a shell or bowl reguiring guite a lot of storing space in times of non-use. A further drawback is, that conventional fire bowls, and also corresponding deco bowls or pots, are comparatively bulky.

In view of this, it is an object of the present invention to remove the above drawbacks .

In particular, a modular pot, m particular fire, grill, or deco pot, and an assembly kit for assembling such a modular pot shall be provided, wherein the modular pot shall enable comparatively easy storage, assembly and disassembly.

A yet further aspect may be to provide a modular pot and corre-sponding kit, reguiring low storage space, while at the same time enabling a variety of possible fields of application.

This object is solved by the features of the independent claims. Embodiments result from the dependent claims and, beyond that, from the following description, in particular comprising various embodiments as covered and described in the annexed claims.

The skilled person will understand that any embodiment described in the following description is covered and comprised by the subject matter covered by the annexed claims.

The embodiments, features and combination of features as described herein in connection with the invention, as well as the combination of features as given in the annexed claims, but also any combination of features as mentioned and described in connection with the embodiments shall be considered as being disclosed herein, at least, however, shall be considered to be derivable by the skilled person.

In particular, each feature and each combination of features in the embodiments as described herein may for example be claimed in a different combination, at least because the skilled person will recognize that each and every combination of the features mentioned herein is suitable for contributing to the underlying problem.

Further, each feature and each combination of features in the claims and used in the description below may be used and claimed independently from the respective claimed subject matter and in-dependently from claim dependencies and back-references, for example in an arbitrary combination of features selected from one or more claims, one or more embodiments as set forth herein below and/or from the annexed figures.

In an embodiment of the invention, in particular according to claim 1, a modular pot, in particular fire, grill, or deco pot, is provided.

In a further embodiment of the invention, in particular accord-ing to claim 15, an assembly kit, in particular comprising components, for assembling a modular pot is provided.

Preferred embodiments of the invention will be described in connection with further embodiments as described in more detail be-low.

In an embodiment of the invention, a modular pot may be provided that comprises at least three partitions inter-connectable with each other by slide-locking connections, which may for example be implemented as hook-and-slot interlocks, in which one or more hooks, such as a pair of hooks, may be provided and shaped such that they can be engaged into counterpart slots, which may be two-sided closed slots or one-sided open slots.

The partitions in embodiments may have substantially the same basic shape, i.e. a common basic shape. Preferably but not necessary the partitions may have a planar shape, i.e. they may be implemented in a flat-sheet shape.

The partitions, i.e. one or more of the partitions, may be made for example from metal or plastic, in a sheet-metal or sheet-plastic type design. In case of a fire or grill pot, the partitions may be made from metal, in particular sheet-metal, such as from stainless steel and the like. In case of a deco pot, e.g. a plant pot or the like, the partitions, or at least one of them, may be made from plastic, e.g. sheet-plastic.

In preferred embodiments, the modular pot comprises at least three, in further preferred embodiments exactly three partitions having the properties as set forth below. Providing exactly three partitions on the one hand is aimed at enabling an assembly kit having a small number of parts facilitating assembly and disassembly, reducing storage, and/or facilitating moving the pot between different locations.

Each partition may comprise a slide-locking male interface having one or more, such as for example one, two or three or more, male hook-laps, e.g. locking hooks.

Further, each partition may comprise a slide-locking female in- terface having one or more counterpart female locking slots for locking hook-laps, e.g. provided on a particular one of the one or more partitions, therein in a slide-to-lock movement.

The male and female interfaces may for example be implemented in such a way, that each male interface on one of the partitions has a counterpart female interface implemented on a, i.e. a particular one, of the other partitions. The male and female interfaces may be implemented such that they pairwise match with each other.

With each partition, the one or more hook-laps of the male interface may be arranged along and define a respective first locking axis, and the one or more slots of each female interface may be arranged along and define a respective second locking axis. The locking axis may be defined to be parallel to an axis of movement reguired for connecting the corresponding interface to a counterpart interface in a slide-to-lock or slide-to-unlock movement .

The arrangement of the hook-laps and slots on each partition may be such that the first and second locking axis of each partition are non-parallel and may have or define a common point of intersection .

A common point of intersection in particular shall be understood to lie on a straight line defined as the line of intersection between two planes running parallel to the surface normal of the basic shape of a corresponding partition, one of the planes ad-hering to the male interface and the other one of the planes adhering to the female interface. In other words and from the perspective of a plan, i.e. top, view of the partitions as regards the basic shape, the first and second locking axis may be considered as having a common point of intersection, if the first and second locking axis in the plan view projection intersect with each other.

As regards the common point of intersection, the interfaces of the partitions may be implemented such that hook-openings of the hook-laps of the male interface of one of the partitions may be oriented towards the associated point of intersection, i.e. the point of intersection defined by the one partition, whereas hook-openings of the hook-laps of the male interfaces of the other partitions may be oriented away from their associated point of intersection, i.e. the point of intersection defined by the respective other partition.

This means, that with one of the partitions, the hook-openings of the hook-laps of the male interface are oriented towards, i.e. face, the point of intersection defined by the first and second locking axis of that partition. With each of the other partitions, the hook-openings may be oriented away from, i.e. averted, from the point of intersection of the corresponding partitions .

As the male and female locking interfaces may be arranged in a slanted manner to each other, the hook-openings of the one particular partition may be oriented towards a plane that is perpendicular to the partition, i.e. parallel to the surface normal of the partition, and that comprises, i.e. runs through a center axis of the female interface.

The term locking axis, in particular shall be understood as being defined by an axis running through the corresponding male or female interface, e.g. a center axis of the corresponding interface, and having a direction corresponding to a vector of movement reguired for interlocking a respective male or female interface with a counterpart female or male interface.

For example, if the male and female interfaces are implemented as hook-and-slot interfaces having hooks and longitudinal slots as counterpart locking elements, the hooks may for example be pushed in a direction parallel to the longitudinal to the slots, which direction aligns and defines the locking axis the involved interfaces .

The specific way of providing the hook-laps and hook-openings has been observed in connection with the underlying invention to enable comparatively easy assembly of the partitions. In partic-ular, it is possible to avoid that during assembly the first couple of partitions set together fall apart when mounting the last one of the partitions.

Further, the specific orientation of the hook-openings is able to mesh and interlock the partitions when fully assembled, such that, for example, it may be avoided that the fully assembled partitions fall apart when slightly moved or moved from one place to another.

In embodiments, the male and female interfaces of each of the partitions may be configured such that each male interface of one of the partitions is assigned for being interlocked with a particular female interface of one of the remaining partitions of the plurality of partitions .

The male and female interfaces may be implemented such that the partitions as including the basic shape and the male and female interfaces have an overall planar, sheet-type shape, which in particular allows easy and space-saving storage of the pot in the disassembled state.

Further, the male hook-laps in embodiments may project from a face side, i.e. peripheral edge, of the associated partition. In embodiments, the male hook-laps may be implemented in coplanar arrangement with the associated partition.

The female locking slots may in embodiments be implemented as longitudinal slots running essentially parallel to the second locking axis, i.e. as having a longitudinal extension that is parallel to the second locking axis . The one or more of the female locking slots may be implemented as two-sided closed slots. Further, one or more of the female locking slots may be implemented as one-sided open slots.

In embodiments, each female locking interface may comprise one or more, in particular exactly one, one-sided open locking slots, and one or more, in particular exactly one, two-sided closed locking slots.

The above and below described arrangement and implementation of the hooks and slots may be useful for enabling easy assembly of the partitions, whilst obtaining favourable interlock between the partitions, in particular during assembly.

In embodiments, the slide-locking interfaces of one or more of the partitions, for example of all of the partitions, may be implemented such that, for each of the one or more partitions, the point of intersection lies on the edge of or within the circumference of the corresponding partition, e.g. on the edge of or within the circumference of the basic shape, i.e. form, of the partition. Here, an arrangement of the male and female interfaces may be obtained that has advantageous interlocking properties.

In embodiments, an intermediate angle between the second locking axis and the first locking axis, with regard to a plan view in which the male locking interface is located on the left-hand side, i.e. in which the female locking interface is correspondingly located at the right-hand side, and a right-handed coordi-nate system as a reference, lies within the range of 30° to 120, in particular at about 90°.

With such angles, adeguate stability and interlocking engagement may be obtained whilst allowing reasonable sizes of the modular pot for use as fire, grill, plant pot, or rack for potted plants, for example.

In embodiments, with the one partition that comprises hook-laps with hook-openings oriented towards the associated point of in-tersection, one particular male hook-lap of the male hoop-laps that is located next to, in particular closest to, the associated point of intersection may have an hook-lap opening angle of about 15° to 80°, preferably of about 45° or 60°. The hook-lap opening angle may for example have half the size of the interme-diate angle.

In embodiments, with the one partition that comprises hook-laps with hook-openings oriented towards the associated point of intersection, one particular female locking slot of the female locking slots that is located next to, in particular closest to, the associated point of intersection may be a one-sided open slot having a slot opening facing the associated point of intersection and having a slot opening angle of about 15° to 80°, preferably of about 45° or 60°. The slot opening angle may for example have half the size of the intermediate angle.

As regards the above-identified hook-lap opening angles and slot opening angles, such angles provided with at least one of the hook-laps and/or slots has been turned out to enable compara-tively simple assembly whilst providing adeguate interlocking between the partitions in the assembled state.

In embodiments, the hook-lap opening angle and the slot opening angle may essentially the same absolute values. Further, the particular male hook-lap and particular female locking slot may in embodiments, be arranged symmetrically with respect to the bisector of the intermediate angle.

In further embodiments, the particular male hook-lap and partic-ular female locking slot may have a symmetrical design with respect to the bisector. The bisector may for example coincide with the (geometrical) bisector between the male and female interface of a corresponding partition.

Also, the above technical designs of the particular male hook-lap and particular female locking slot have been found out in connection with the invention to enable easy assembly whilst providing safe engagement between the partitions in the assembled state .

In embodiments, with the partition associated with the particular hook-lap and particular locking slot as mentioned above, a particular section of the partition may extend into the space between the particular hook-lap and particular locking slot.

This particular section may have a triangular shape, and may further be arranged symmetrically between the particular hook-lap and particular locking slot.

In embodiments, an apex of the particular section, in particular triangular shaped particular section, may coincide with, i.e. substantially be identical to, the point of intersection.

For example, the particular hook-lap and particular locking slot may comprise a leg projecting form the base body of the partition, i.e. from the basic shape, such that these legs and the above-identified particular section of the partition define a contour having the shape of an M.

Such technical designs may for example be advantageous for con- figurations comprising exactly three partitions, wherein the particular section is suitable for obtaining a closed pot bottom in the assembled state.

In embodiments, at least one of the particular hook-lap and particular locking slot may be implemented and defined as a pinlike projection, for example as a leg as mentioned above, projecting from the associated male or female locking interface, for example such that an overall planar shape of the partition with respect to a plan view may be obtained.

The pin-like projections may extend in parallel to the bisector of the intermediate angle.

At least one pin-like projection may have a tapered shape, facilitating for example assembly and allowing, for example, advantageous locking, e.g. latching, forces.

In embodiments, the particular section, in particular symmet-rical particular section, may extend between the pin-like projections associated with the particular hook-lap and particular locking slot .

The apex of the particular section may be essentially level with the free ends of the pin-like projections such that, for example, the pin-like projections and the particular section define, as indicated above, an M-shaped contour, which may for example be symmetric to the bisector of the intermediate angle.

In embodiments, at least one of the partitions, preferably each one of the partitions, comprises, in the region between the slide-locking male interface and slide-locking female interface a plurality of venting or ventilation openings. Such openings, provided for example in the particular section of the parti-tions, may be used as venting means in case of using the modular pot as a fire or grill pot.

The openings may for example be implemented as two-sided closed, e.g. longitudinal, slots. Further, the openings may be arranged in one or more parallel rows, preferably tilted against the longitudinal extension of the male and female interface. The rows may for example be perpendicular to the bisector of the intermediate angle.

In further embodiments, the openings may be arranged symmetrically with regard to the bisector. Further, the openings may be located in a region near the point of intersection.

Providing the openings in accordance with the proposed shape and/or arrangement may be effective in obtaining sufficient stability, in particular bending stiffness, of the partitions.

In embodiments, one or more of the partitions, in particular each of the partitions may comprise a wall section defining in the assembled state of the partitions a sidewall of the modular pot, e.g. the sidewalls of a cavity defined by the partitions. The male and female interfaces may be implemented at the outer edges of such a wall section, for example.

In embodiments, the wall may have the shape of an essentially equilateral triangle having an associated triangle-apex coinciding with the point of intersection.

In embodiments, the male and female interfaces may be implement-ed to extend along those legs of the triangle that originate from the triangle-apex.

In particular with such embodiments, pots having tetrahedron pot cavities may be obtained, requiring a low number of overall com-ponents, whilst obtaining adequate pot volumes. Also, adequate stability of the modular pot may be obtained.

In embodiments, one or more of the partitions, in particular each one of the partitions, may comprise a pedestal section, for example a foot section, for supporting the pot in the assembled state against the ground. The pedestal, i.e. the pedestal section, in embodiments, may be implemented subseguently to the female interface.

Further, the pedestal in embodiments, may extend away from the female interface in a direction inclined against or essentially parallel to the bisector of the first and second locking axis passing through the associated partition, such that the free end of the pedestal and the point of intersection are located at the same side of the partition.

In embodiments, the pedestal may be implemented to extend beyond the point of intersection such that the height of the pedestal extending beyond the point of intersection and measured in par-allel to the bisector of the first and second locking axis amounts to one third to one half of the total height of the partition measured in parallel to the bisector. With such embodiments sufficient stability when placing the modular pot on the ground may be obtained.

In embodiments, the pedestal may be implemented such that it extends in a one-piece configuration from the associated wall section, such that the female interface is arranged in between the wall section and the pedestal.

With such embodiments, in particular pedestals, an overall design may be obtained that is space-saving in the disassembled state and/or allows the manufacture of the modular pot, in particular the partitions, with comparatively low base material consumption.

In embodiments, one or more of the partitions, preferably all of the partitions, may comprise on a face side averted from the point of intersection one or more recesses, e.g. detents.

One or more of the recesses may be arranged symmetrically to the bisector between the first and second locking axis of the corresponding partition in or on which the recess is provided.

The one or more recess may be configured for accommodating, e.g. inserting therein, at least edge-sections of a top plate, shelf, or grating in a slid-proof manner.

For example, the recesses may be implemented to accommodate sec-tions of a grill grating such that the grill grating may be placed, in the assembled state, over the cavity, e.g. a coal tray, defined by the cavity of the modular pot.

In embodiments, all of the partitions, except for the male and female interfaces, may have, with respect to a plan view, the same footprint, i.e. the same basic shape.

With the above embodiments, a multifunctional use may be obtained for the modular pot by using the partitions as set out above .

In embodiments, the partitions in the assembled state may define a cavity, wherein the modular pot in the assembled state may optionally comprise exactly three partitions such that the cavity has an inverse, in particular regular, tetrahedron shape. With such embodiments, a minimal number of partitions may be obtained.

In embodiments, the modular pot may comprise one or more of at least one top plate, at least one shelf, and at least one grat- ing, e.g. a grill grating, dimensioned in such a way to be suitable for being inserted into the cavity at a predefined level as compared to the point of intersection. The level may be measured in parallel to the bisector between the first and second locking axis .

For example, the plate, shelf, and/or grating may be designed and sized such that it may be positioned and held, in the ordinary mounted state at a predefined level above the venting slots.

In embodiments, the one or more of at least one top plate, at least one shelf, and at least one grating, may be implemented for being placed, in the assembled state, on a top side of the pot, wherein the top side is averted from the point of intersection. For example, the plate, shelf, and/or grating, may be shaped and sized such that they can be inserted into the recesses mentioned above.

In further embodiments, at least one of the top plate, shelf, and/or grating may be implemented such that, in a first alignment relative to a given orientation of the assembled modular pot, the at least one top plate, shelf, and/or grating fits into the cavity at a, or the predefined level, and in a second align-ment relative to the given orientation of the assembled modular pot, the at least one top plate, shelf, and/or grating is place-able on the top side of the assembled modular pot, for example into the recesses.

In embodiments, in which the cavity has an inverse, in particular regular, tetrahedron shape, at least one of the top plate, shelf, and/or grating may have an eguilateral triangle footprint .

As regards the embodiments related to the one or more of at least one top plate, at least one shelf, and at least one grating, a modular design with a variety of possible different uses, e.g. plant pot, grill, plant rack and the like, may be obtained with a single technical design of the partitions and/or plate, shelf, and/or grating.

In an embodiment, according to claim 15, an assembly kit for assembling a modular pot according to one or more embodiments of the modular pot according to the invention as described herein may be provided.

The assembly kit may comprise as assembly kit elements at least three partitions as described in one or more embodiments herein, and may optionally comprise one or more of at least one top plate, at least one shelf, and at least one grating, in particular grilling grating and/or ash grating, as described herein.

As to advantages and advantageous technical effects of the assembly kit, reference is made to the discussion above, applying mutatis mutandis to the assembly kit.

Further embodiments and variants, in particular exemplary embodiments, will be described in the following in connection with the annexed figures, in which:

FIG. 1 shows a first embodiment of a modular pot;

FIG. 2 shows the first embodiment of the modular pot in a dif ferent configuration;

FIG. 3 shows a second embodiment of a modular pot;

FIG. 4 shows the second embodiment in a different mounting configuration;

FIG. 5 to FIG. 8 show assembly parts of the modular pot of the first embodiment;

FIG. 9 to FIG. 12 show assembly parts of the modular pot of the second embodiment; and

FIG. 13 and FIG. 14 show different stages during assembly of the modular pot .

In the embodiments shown in the figures, elements similar or identic in function are designated with like reference signs. It is noted, that the figures may not be true to scale with respect to each other.

The embodiments in the figures may relate to preferred embodiments, while all elements and features described in connection with embodiments may be used, as far as appropriate, in combination with any other embodiment and feature as discussed herein, in particular related to any other embodiment discussed further above .

FIG. 1 shows a first embodiment of a modular pot 1, wherein the modular pot of the first embodiment is implemented as a plant pot, rack or stand for potted plants, for example, and will be designated in the below description as the first modular pot 1. FIG. 2 shows a different configuration of the first modular pot 1.

FIG. 3 shows a second embodiment of a modular pot 2, wherein the modular pot of the second embodiment is implemented as a grill or fire pot, for example, and will be designated in the below description as the second modular pot 2. FIG. 4 shows the second modular pot 2 in a different configuration.

The first modular pot 1 comprises a first to third partition la, lb, lc assembled and interconnected with each other to define an inner cavity 3, having for example a bowl or shell-like design. The cavity 3 may for example be used as a planting pot for potted plants .

In the configuration in FIG. 2, the first modular pot 1 further comprises an additional shelf Id that may be placed within the cavity 3 at a predefined level above the lowermost level of the cavity 3. In this configuration, a potted plant, for example, or other things may be placed on the shelf Id. The first modular pot 1 in this configuration may for example be used as a rack or stand .

Similarly, the second modular pot 2 comprises a first to third partition 2a, 2b, 2c assembled and interconnected with each oth-er to define an inner cavity 3, having for example tetrahedron shape, similar to that of the first modular pot 1. The cavity 3 of the second modular pot 2 may be used as a fire bowl or a coal tray in case of using the second modular pot 2 as a fire pot or grill, in particular barbecue grill.

As can be seen from FIG. 3 and FIG. 4, the second modular pot 2 may comprise a grating 2d, having a similar shape as the shelf of the first modular pot, i.e. a regular eguilateral triangle.

The grating 2d is shaped and sized such that it can be placed within the cavity 3, at a predefined level above lowermost level of the cavity 3, which is shown and can be derived from in FIG. 3. In particular, the grating 2d is sized such that it fits with a predetermined cross section of the cavity 3 at a predetermined distance from the lowermost level of the cavity 3.

In the embodiment of the second modular pot 2 as shown in the figures, the partitions 2a to 2c are specially configured such that the grating 2d can be placed on the top of the partitions 2a to 2c in the ordinary mounted state. By this, the distance of the grating to for example barbecue coals located in the cavity 3 can be varied, in particular from the level within the cavity 3 to the level above the partitions 2a to 2c.

For this, each of the partitions 2a to 2c of the second modular pot 2 comprise at their top edge, approximately symmetric to the middle of the top edge, e.g. symmetric to the bisector 16 a recess 4.

The recesses 4 are shaped such that the grating 2d in the region of its tips may be inserted into the recesses 4, such that slipping off the partitions 2a to 2c may be greatly avoided.

As can be seen from a combined view of FIG. 3 and FIG. 4, the grating 2d may be brought from the configuration in FIG. 3 to that in FIG. 4 in that the grating 2d is rotated around the center normal by for example about 60° in the present case.

The grating 2d, but also the shelf Id may comprise a center hole 5 that may serve as a gripping means for inserting and removing the grating 2d or shelf Id into or from the cavity 3.

The grating 2d comprises a plurality of grating slots 6, implemented as longitudinal slots and respectively running parallel to one particular side of the triangular grating 2d. The grating slots 6 provided in pairs are located one behind the other, wherein two consecutive grating slots 6 are separated by a bar running perpendicular to a respective edge of the grating 2d.

Reference is now made to FIG. 5 to FIG. 8 showing the assembly parts la to Id of the first modular pot 1.

FIG. 1 shows the first partition la of the first modular pot 1. The first partition la comprises a pedestal section 7 for sup-porting the first modular pot 1 in the assembled state against the ground.

Further, the first partition la comprises a wall section 8 defining in the assembled state (see FIG. 1, 2) of the partitions la to lc a sidewall of the first modular pot 1, more specifically a sidewall of the cavity 3 of first modular pot 1.

In between the wall section 8 and the pedestal section 7 a slide locking female interface 9 is provided, i.e. implemented. The female interface 9 comprises a pair of longitudinal locking slots, with a one-sided open first locking slot 9a and a two-sided closed second locking slot 9b. The locking slots 9a, 9b are implemented as longitudinal slots, and are arranged one behind each other such that they define a common locking axis, which is designated as a second locking axis 10 herein.

On the outer edge of the wall section 8, opposing the female interface 9, a slide-locking male interface 11 is provided. The male interface comprises a pair of hook-laps, i.e. a first hook-lap 11a and a second hook-lap lib, projecting from the corresponding face side 12 in a lateral direction of the first partition la, as can be inferred from FIG. 5.

The hook-laps 11a, lib are implemented such that they can engage a corresponding female interface of one of the other partitions lb or lc, which will become clear from the following description .

As can be seen from a combined view of FIG. 5 to FIG. 7, each partition la to lc comprises a slide-locking male interface 11 having one or more male hook-laps 11a, lib, and a slide-locking female interface 9 having one or more counterpart female locking slots 9a, 9b for locking corresponding hook-laps 11a, lib of another partition therein in a slide-to-lock or slide-to-unlock movement 13, exemplarily indicated by arrows in FIG. 5.

Below, male and female interfaces of the second partition lb will also be designated with reference signs 11' and 9' , respectively, and interfaces of the third partition lc will also des-ignated with reference signs 11'' and 9'', respectively.

As can be seen from the combined view of FIG. 5 to FIG. 7, with each partition, the hook-laps 11a, 11' a, 11' 'a, lib , ll'b, and 11' 'b of the male interfaces 11, 11', and 11'' are arranged along a first locking axis 14.

The arrangement of the hook-laps and the arrangement of the locking slots within the male and female interfaces 11, 11' , and 11' ' ; and 9, 9' , 9' ' is such that the first and second locking axis 14, 10 of each partition la to lc respectively have one common point of intersection 15, 15', 15'' .

Regarding the point of intersection 15, 15' , 15' ' , it shall become clear from the figures that the point of intersection may be determined based on a plan view or a corresponding plan view projection of a corresponding partition, as is for example the case in the annexed figures. Further reference as regards the first and second locking axis 14, 10 is made to the discussion further above.

The point of intersection 15, 15' , 15' ' in the embodiments shown in connection with the figures lies on the edge of circumference of the corresponding partitions la, lb, lc.

The first and second locking axis 14, 10, for example may be defined in such a way so as to adhere to, e.g. to be located within a surface defined by, the locking interface 11, 11' , 11' ' and 9, 9', 9'', respectively. Such a surface for example may be the face side 12 referred to above. The second locking axis 10, for example may correspond to a longitudinal center axis of the

locking slots 9a, 9b.

The partitions la to lc may for example be implemented such that an intermediate angle a between the second locking axis 10 and the first locking axis 14, with regard to a plan view in which the male interface 11 is located on the left-hand side and a right-handed coordinate system as a reference, lies within the range of 30° to 130, in the present case at for example at about 120° .

As can be inferred from FIG. 5, the pedestal section 7 extends in a direction away from the female interface 9 and is inclined against the bisector 16 of the first and second locking axis 14, 10.

The free end of the pedestal 7, i.e. the end of the pedestal 7 facing away from the wall section 8 and the point of intersection 15, extends beyond the point of intersection 15 such that the height Hi of the pedestal 7 extending beyond the point of intersection 15 and measured in parallel to the bisector 16 of the first and second locking axis 14, 10 amounts to about 0,4 to 0,5 of the total height H2 of the partition la.

The pedestal 7 in the present configuration is implemented such that it extends in a one-piece configuration from the associated wall section 8, wherein the female interface 9 is arranged therebetween, also implemented in a one-piece configuration with the wall section 8 and the pedestal 7.

FIG. 6 shows the second partition lb, which has essentially the same shape and form as the first partition la. FIG. 7 shows the third partition lc, also having a similar general basic shape as the first and second partitions la, lb. Reference is made to the description above applying mutatis mutandis.

The differences in the partitions la to lc lie essentially in the configuration of the male and female interfaces 9, 11 which will be described in further detail below.

The male interface 11' of the second partition lb is similar to that of the first partition la and comprises a first hook-lap 11' a and a second hook-lap 11' b arranged along the corresponding first locking axis 14' . The hook-openings of the hook-laps 11' are oriented away from the point of intersection 15' defined as the intersection of the first locking axis 14' and the second locking axis 10' .

The hook-laps 11' a, ll'b of the second partition lb and corresponding hook-openings are designed and arranged such that they can be engaged with the first and second locking slots 9a, 9b of the first partition la in a slide-to-lock movement 13, such that the pedestals 7 of both the first and second partition la, lb project from the same side of the combined structure.

The locking slots 9' a and 9'b of the second partition lb are implemented as longitudinal slots, wherein the first locking slot 9' a which is located closer to the point of intersection 15' is implemented as a two-sided closed longitudinal slot, and the second locking slot 9'b is implemented at the edge of the wall section 8' as a one-sided open slot.

Reference is now made to FIG. 7 showing the third partition lc of the first modular pot 1. The third partition has the same basic shape as the other two partitions la, lb, but differs from the first and second partition la and lb in the structure and shape of the male and female interfaces 11' ' and 9' ' , which will be explained in more details below.

The third partition lc comprises hook-laps 11a'' and 11' 'b hav-ing hook-openings oriented towards the associated point of in- tersection 15'' . One particular male hook-lap 11' 'a of the male interface 11' ' , which is located next to the associated point of intersection 15'' has an hook-lap opening angle b of about 15° to 80°, in particular 20° to 60°, for example about 30° to 60°, in particular about 60°.

The opening angle b may for example have half the size of the intermediate angle a.

In such a configuration, for example, it may further be provided, as is the case with the third partition lc shown in FIG. 7, that one particular female locking slot 9' 'a of the female interface 9' ' , that is located next to the associated point of intersection 15' ' is a one-sided open slot having a slot opening facing the associated point of intersection 15' ' and having a slot opening angle b of the same or similar size as that of the particular first hook-lap 11' 'a.

In the configuration shown in the figures, the particular male hook-lap 11' 'a and the particular female locking slot 9' 'a are arranged symmetrically with respect to the bisector 16 of the intermediate angle a, and beyond that have a symmetrical design with respect to the bisector 16.

As can be inferred from FIG. 7, showing the configuration having the particular hook-lap 11' 'a and the particular locking slot 9' 'a, a particular, i.e. defined, section 17 of the third partition lc extends into the space between the particular hook-lap 11' 'a and particular locking slot 9' 'a. The particular section 17 has a triangular shape and is arranged symmetrically between the particular hook-lap 11' 'a and particular locking slot 9' 'a. Further, the apex of the particular section 17 coincides with the point of intersection 15' ' . However, it shall be noted, that the apex and the point of intersection 15' ' may differ from each other.

The particular hook-lap 11' a and particular locking slot 9' 'a in the embodiment shown in the figures are implemented and defined as a pin-like projections projecting from the associated male 11' ' or female locking interface 9' ' , and extend essentially parallel to the bisector 16 of the intermediate angle a. The pin-like projections are slightly tapered and comprise at the sides facing the point of intersection 15' ' abutment faces for abutting a counterpart slide-locking element.

The pin-like projections as shown in the figures have about the same length, which may be varied in other embodiments, meaning that the pin-like projections may have different lengths and/or dimensions .

In the configuration as shown in FIG. 7, the particular section 17 extends between the pin-like projections associated with the particular hook-lap 11' 'a and particular locking slot 9' 'a, wherein the apex 15' ' of the particular section 17 is essential-ly level with the free ends of the pin-like projections such that the pin-like projections and the particular section 17 define a M-shaped contour. It shall be noted, that the pin-like projections in embodiments may be longer or shorter, and the apex of the particular section 17 may lie beyond their ends or the outer ends of the pin-like projections may lie beyond the apex .

The first to third partition la to lc, in particular their male 11, 11' , 11' ' and female interfaces 9, 9' , 9' ' , may be imple-mented such that the male interface 11' of the second partition lb matches the female interface 9 of the first partition la and can be attached to the first partition la in a slide-to-lock movement .

The male interface 11 of the first partition la is implemented such that it matches the female interface 9' ' of the third partition lc, wherein mutual attachment may be obtained in a slide-to-lock movement of the corresponding partitions.

Finally, the male interface 11''' of the third partition lc is implemented such that it matches the female interface 9' of the second partition 9' .

FIG. 8 shows the shelf Id of the first modular pot 1 in a plan view, wherein the shape in the form of a regular triangle can be inferred. The size of the shelf Id is such that it may be positioned within the cavity at a certain level above the points of intersection 15. By adeguately selecting the size of the shelf Id, or by providing different sized shelfs, the total volume of the cavity 3 above the shelf I d in the inserted state can be adapted to respective needs.

Reference is now made to FIG. 9 to FIG. 12 showing assembly parts of the second modular pot 2. It shall be noted, that the shape of the first to third partitions 2a, 2b, 2c of the second modular pot 2 and the shape and arrangement of the male interfaces 11, 11' , 11' ' and the female interfaces 9, 9' , 9' ' , as well as corresponding hook-laps and locking slots correspond essentially to those as shown and described in connection with the first modular pot 1. Reference is therefore made to the description above which shall apply mutatis mutandis.

In the following, only the differences to the first modular pot 1 are described. Specifically, the second modular pot 2 differs from the first modular pot 1 in that each one of the partitions 2a, 2b, 2c comprises in the region between the male interface 11, 11' , 11' ' and female interface 9, 9' , 9' ' a plurality of venting openings 18, implemented as two-sided closed slots.

The venting openings 18 are arranged in one or more parallel rows, and are tilted against the longitudinal extension of the male and female interface 11, 11' , 11' and 9, 9' , 9' ' . The rows of venting openings 18 are arranged perpendicularly to the bisector 16 of the intermediate angle a.

In addition, the venting openings 18 are arranged symmetrically with regard to the bisector 16, wherein the venting openings 16 are located in a region near the point of intersection 15, 15' , 15' ' .

The venting openings 18 may function as air supply openings for example in case that the modular pot 2 is used as a fire pot or grill pot .

A further difference to the first modular pot 1 is, that each of the partitions 2a, 2b, 2c of the second modular pot 2 comprises on a face side averted from the point of intersection 15, 15', 15'' one or more recesses 4, implemented symmetrically to the bisector 16 between the first and second locking axis 14, 10, and configured for accommodating at least edge-sections of the grating 2d in a slid-proof manner as described in further detail above .

The grating 2d is shown in a plan view in FIG. 12, wherein the grating may have the same overall shape as compared to the shelf, except that grating slots may be provided as described in further detail above .

As can inferred from FIG. 5 to FIG. 12, except for the male 11. 11' , 11' ' and female interfaces 9, 9' , 9' ' , all of the partitions la, lb, lc, 2a, 2b, 2c have with respect to a plan view the same footprint.

The advantage of the modular pots as described in connection with the figures in particular is, that they are composed of a low number of assembly parts, and in a planar design such that in the disassembled state comparatively little storing space is needed for the whole modular pot .

A further advantage may be seen in the fact that the proposed pots are highly modular and enable a plurality of different uses ranging from grill applications to racks for potted plants without reguiring extensive changes in the technical design.

In addition, the special arrangement of the male and female interfaces allows easy assembly and disassembly, and at the same time provides tight interlock between the partitions in the assembled state.

The assembly of the modular pot 1, 2 may be as follows.

In a first assembly stage or step, the first and second partition la and lb; or 2a and 2b may be attached to each other by engaging corresponding slide-locking interfaces as described above. The result of this assembly stage can be inferred from FIG. 13.

FIG. 14 shows the final assembly stage, in which the third partition lc or 2c is coupled to the already assembled first and second partitions la, lb, or 2a, 2b such that the male interface 11 of the first partition la or 2a engages the female interface 9' ' of the third partition lc or 2c, and such that the male interface 11'' of the third partition lc or 2c engages the female interface 9' of the second partition, wherein the third parti-tion lc or 2c is fixedly interconnected with the other two partitions by the interplay of the slide-locking connections as described .

In all, and in particular in view of the exemplary embodiments shown and described in connection with the figures, it can be seen, that the underlying problem is solved by the solution as proposed herein.

List of reference numerals

1 first modular pot

la first partition

lb second partition

lc third partition

Id shelf

2 second modular pot

2a first partition

2b second partition

2c third partition

2d grating

3 cavity

4 recess

5 center hole

6 grating slot

7 pedestal section

8 wall section

9 slide-locking female interface

9a first locking slot

9b second locking slot

10 second locking axis

11 slide-locking male interface

11a first hook-lap

lib second hook-lap

12 face side

13 slide-to-lock/ slide-to-unlock movement

14 first locking axis

15 point of intersection

16 bisector

17 particular section

18 venting opening

intermediate angle opening angle height of pedestal total height