Open Design was developed as my MA thesis and became the core of my creative work. I first published Open Designs for download in 2005. This is from the Open Design Manifesto I wrote: A revolution in product development, production and distribution is imminent due to the Internet's disruptive nature and the easy access to CNC machines. Open Design is a proposal to make this happen. It's aim is to shift Industrial Design to become relevant in a globally networked information society. In Open Design a design is CAD information published online under a Creative Commons license to be downloaded, copied and modified, and is produced directly from file by CNC machines and without special tooling.
This means that all technically conforming open designs are continuously available for production, in any number, with no tooling investment, anywhere and by anyone.
You are welcome to download and use these designs.
An Open Design chair collection drawing inspiration from different narratives: design references, emotional states, city life, and street art. They realize a personal design approach that embraces free improvisation and an immediacy of outcomes, whether a computer image or a physical object. This mood resonates in the choice of raw cut, exposed material chairs. The chairs are laser cut from a 6mm aluminum sheet, and bent and assembled by hand. See the short video. First exhibited at Appel Design Gallery, Berlin, Nov. 2010
Casually designed in the Between 2012 and 2015, this collection was inspired by workshops and discussions with Makers. As an alternative to Maker’s problem solving approach and as a device to push creative individual expression, I introduced a simple design process based on storytelling in my design workshops.
Naturally, I became interested in chairs as stories rather than seating solutions. And although many of my past works include narratives, the Fresh Cuts collection intentionally focuses on forming short humorous statements as chairs, that are simple to produce, assemble and use.
The chairs are made of 18mm CNC cut birch plywood and various purchased components. As Open Designs, they are available for download on my website, for anyone to copy, produce and experiment with.