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Open Design Now!

Open Design Now! is a must read for anyone interested in Open Design. The book is a series of articles written by designers, design thinkers and educators to provide varied perspectives on the open design movement. Some see the movment as a far off idea, whereas others see the roots of open design in our recent and not so recent history.

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OpenDesk video by the Guardian

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This is great video by The Guardian featuring Nick Ierodiaconou discussing his OpenDesk project and the implications of open design. Throughout the video you get to see exactly how the “Edie Stool“, by brothers David Steiner and Joni Stiener, is fabricated. Then, Joni discusses his the stool, its inspiration and then provides a great look at the stools clever assembly method. Continue reading

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The Layer Chair by Jens Dyvik

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This is an excellent example of a designer publishing an open design and then end users modifying that design. This chair has already appeared in various forms ranging from a stool to a high back chair (and I mean a really high back chair) and also in a variety of materials. The entire design, manufacturing and design distribution of this chair highlight the possibilties of open design.

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Mozilla Factory’s Open Furniture

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The Mozilla office is heralded as an open source office, and its hard to argue with the core idea. It’s modular, its attractive, and a seemingly very effecient space. But what intruged us here at ODF, is that presents an intriguing perpective on Open Design. Instead of distributing plans for full peices, instead they have created a single pice of hardware to create lamps, tables and more. Continue reading

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Sketch Chair by Diatom Studio

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SketchChair is an open-source software tool that allows anyone to easily design and build their own digitally fabricated furniture. SketchChair lets users design chairs using a simple 2d drawing interface, automatically generating the structure of a chair and testing its stability. Users can simulate sitting on a chair with a customisable figure of themselves, in order to test and refine the chair to ensure it will comfortably support them. Continue reading

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Italic Shelf by Ronen Kadushen

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Consisting of only 2 parts, a plywood shelf and spacer, the Italic shelf can be assembled in many ways and configurations to suit your needs. The shelf is very stable and strong as each part is locked by its own position and weight in a structure I developed and named “Controlled Collapse”. Basically, when the shelf is built high, it doesn’t loose its strength or stability.

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Make XYZ

Open Design Furniture

Looking for a local 3D printer? Make XYZ is a great resource to find someone locally who can 3D print your designs. Even better you can pay, rick-free, through MakeXYZ and the just go pick up your finished 3D prints!

 

 

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