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2nd OS assignment at the Design Academy Eindhoven

on 2010-03-30 06:44
Posted in: OS workshops .
From September 2009 until January 2010 two OS workshops were held at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

The students were asked to design objects that:
- relate to the grid, (either dimensionally or through applying the OS assembly point pattern)
- could be easily disassembled and reassembled (as if it were a puzzle)

We also asked the students to look at each others work and in search for possible combinations between their projects. copy / pasting was encouraged, and co-creation was stimulated.

The workshop was meant to further 'Beta-test' the OS concept and to learn from the feedback and outcomes of the students. 

One of the main things that the outcomes learned us was that common diameters of 4, 8, 12 or 16cm were often used by the students as common interfaces between different components. We therefor added thesediameters into the next version of the OS ruler.

by Philip Luschen

a lot is shared with us daily. 
nice parks, colorful flowers en pretty buildings.
on the other hand there is a lot of grayness 
like waiting rooms, staircases, office buildings and dark tunnels as well.

by placing distractors I would like to distract people in area’s they fear, feel bored or uncomfortable.

these objects will catch your attention, 

distract you
attract you 

…..and for a moment forgetting the reality you are in.

For the OpenStructures system I add a 20 to 5mm plug and a variable arm.
The plug introduces a new smaller scale to the system. 
The variable arm is a more diverse playful piece which grabs on the system 
as a claw. 

Notice that some objects could come to live while using the arm!

by Marthe Biezen and Aukje Janssen

This project contains a sequence of parts to pour liquids and can be applied on different materials and existing volumes. Pieces which stimulate the flexibility between objects and create access to add, use and re-use.

According to our research, we introduced these parts as well as a metrical screw size into the OS system, to which we designed our parts. 

Modular China
by Eva Smeltekop

The modular china set is made of 8 standard cup and bowl shapes.
All the different shapes have at certain heights the same diameters according to the OS grid.
At these heights the shapes are cut, so they become rings or bottoms.
All the shapes can be combined into new shapes.
The bottoms can also be used as plates and lids.

Set to cook, eat and keep your food
By Kirstie Van Noort

this set contains six parts.
two ceramic bowls, both with the diameter of 16 cm, but each with a different size hole. one of 4 cm and one of 8 cm.
by putting the cupper plate of 8 cm, with holes, in the ceramic bowl with the hole of 8 cm you create a strainer. you can use this to prepare parts of food.
there are also two rubber caps, sizes of the diameters are 4 cm and 8 cm. when you put the rubber caps in the ceramic bowls, then there are two closed bowls.
now you can put food, water etc in to eat of.
by putting the rubber ring of 16 cm between the two ceramic bowls, you can close them. so that you can keep your food fresh.

Compartmentalized drilling machine
By Nacor Martina

Constructive bottle
by Sanne Ree Barthels

Plastic bottle that can get a second life as a construction element.
All four screw heads are M22 (diameter = 20mm)