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This collection of chairs is an upbeat design exploration into the opportunities Open Design presents. The playful mode of the development process invites broad expression, knowing that there will be an effortless transformation of almost any design into a real chair. The incentive to experiment is pushed even further as these Open Design chairs are shared as a source for others to incite their own creativity.
Each chair draws its inspiration from different narratives: design references, emotional states, city life, and street art. But as a group 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. Bending a piece this thick is made easy using a hallmark detail I formulated a few years back; the integral twist hinge, which makes it possible to plan an exact bending position in a computer drawing, and retain the structural integrity of the chair, as part of the cutout. The selection of chairs consists of three unique structural configurations, each presented in two variations.
The designs of the chairs were recently uploaded onto designer’s website for anyone to copy, produce or experiment with. But you are also welcome to buy the chairs, produced and signed by the designer, at Appel Design Gallery, Berlin.
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Trying out some good old functional- extreme geometric-formalism. Just for fun.
Unresolved and restless.
Impressions from a rough edged city I lived 14 years in.
A homage to the iconic Red and Blue Chair designed in 1917 by Gerrit Rietveld.
A chair with a literally “hacked” look, following a warm response to my design work from the hacker community. It is the first chair designed for this collection.
A typical Berlin feature becomes inspiration.
All Chairs were bent and assembled at the exhibition opening by the designer.
The aluminium pieces that are hung on the walls of the gallery are the pieces of which the chairs were cut off from. When sold they are a complementary part of the chair.
The chairs are all functional and even comfortable with their slightly flexible backs.
In today’s market-driven culture, industrial designers commit themselves to producers in order to realise their creativity. Producers, with the power to control all aspects of a product, are the gatekeepers of design creativity, deciding what and how products are available to consumers.
This situation begins in Industrial design education systems that train designers to integrate into an industrial production scenario and accept that producers have the right to regulate design and indoctrinate their set of values and ends. Fresh approaches and radical views are marginalised as they do not conform with the dogmas of the Church of Industrial Design.
But other creative fields that found their products in phase with the realities of the Internet and information technology (fields such as music, communication design, animation photography, text, etc.) are experiencing an unprecedented flood of freely available creative content. Industries that once dominated these fields and have not adapted to this reality are quickly becoming redundant.
Enter the Open Source method, one that revolutionized the software industry, created a viable economy, and gave birth to a flourishing social movement that is community-minded, highly creative and inclusive. 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.
Open Design method consists of two preconditions:
1. An Open Design is CAD information published online under a Creative Commons license to be downloaded, produced, copied and modified.
2. An Open Design product is produced directly from file by CNC machines and without special tooling.
These preconditions infer that all technically conforming open designs and their derivatives are continuously available for production, in any number, with no tooling investment, anywhere and by anyone.
A new product and services market is a natural outcome of a network of designers, manufacturers, consumers and retailers using a common pool of open designs.
The designer should always be acknowledged as the original creator and owner of the design, even in case of a derivative design. If an open design is produced for commercial use, the designer has to agree for such use and get paid.
An open design value is increased with wider modification possibilities and transformation potentials into other products. Designs that typically live only a few years in the marketplace can live on and develop into new shapes and uses.
+ About Ronen Kadushin
Ronen Kadushin (b.1964) is an Israeli designer and design educator living in Berlin since 2005. He developed the Open Design method, where the designs of his products can be downloaded, copied, modified and produced, much as in Open Source Software. Based on this concept, he formed Open Design, a design and production company for furniture, lighting and accessories which are produced in Berlin .Ronen Kadushin also designs furniture for international producers, teaches at design schools and lectures about his work at various venues.