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OS Strata series by Jan Geboers

on 2015-01-21 12:07

The Strata Series is a series of structures assembled with the Ortho system developed by Jan Geboers. Ortho is a modular structural system based on the open matrix of OpenStructures. The connecting element that makes some construction methods possible is a powerful tool with which you can create and customize different types of objects. It allows you, within the fixed idiom, to create for example furniture according to your own taste and needs ranging from the type of furniture, material, composition and dimensions to the finish of the product. 

A project by Jan Geboers.

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on 2015-01-19 05:47


'Seeing totally unrelated objects perfectly nestle inside of each other provides a certain kind of peace in an otherwise chaotic world.'

We couldn't agree more.

We like > Wooden railways

on 2015-01-14 06:03

Wooden railsets, different brands, all compatible!

from Wikipedia:

'A wide range of wooden trainsets, wooden trains and railway track & accessories are compatible with each other and with the best-known brands, such as Brio.'
'The most famous and one of the oldest manufactures of wooden trains is BRIO of Sweden. When they settled on a wooden track design that incorporates groves in the wood at a particular depth, width and distance apart, those dimensions became the industry standard. This industry standard, which also includes the jigsaw puzzle style connections, is technically called the Vario-System.'

'The Vario-System allows track pieces to be assembled easily in any combination as varying lengths and shapes of track can be fit together to make simple or complex layouts. Compatible accessories, such as bridges, tunnels, and buildings, all use the Vario-System allowing them to be incorporated into the layout.'

'Now many new manufactures such as Maxim, Whittle, Safari, and Maple Landmark, provide affordable and exciting trains, track, and accessories that are Vario-system compatible making them interchangeable with Thomas and BRIO.'

Playing with OS by Thomas Billas

on 2014-11-19 12:15
Posted in: OS explorations .

“Three objects that work with the same engine module. A milk frother, a mixer and a small fan. Off course these objects are to be considered prototypes as they only operate in a relative manner. However, the gears and engine block work perfectly, so I can not help but to ask you to produce other items with them.”

Thomas Billas

We like > Hacking households

on 2014-11-14 04:20


'What if everyday objects were produced the way open source software is developed?'
'Realized for the BIO 50 Biennial of Design in Slovenia, Hacking Households is a collaborative research in developing an ecosystem of evolving objects that are designed, developed, and produced democratically within open communities.'

A project by Leonardo Amico, Thibault Brevet, Coralie Gourguechon, Jesse Howard, Jure Martinec, Nataša Muševič and Tilen Sepič

OS Etcetera by Maud Bausier

on 2014-08-18 11:47
Posted in: OS explorations .

In today's world where everything goes faster and faster, where images and products are made available to us by the thousands, the project rethinks the way we consume and tries to integrate the idea of a temporary nature in design practice. In other words, it thinks about what things become next. The aim is to avoid letting them go to waste or to prevent unnecessary storage.

The base of the project is to explore the possibility of a constructive system that works for the interior in the same way as the Lego system. 

The assembly and disassembly matters more than disposable bindings and the main function of furniture created with the system is to adapt to all situations and all needs.

The constructive principle develops three points: 

1. Using a forever renewable fixation (or joining) system.
2. Allowing a greater possibility of catching points. 
3. Defining a components range that can be endlessly completed.

All individual parts are designed from the OS grid.”

Maud Bausier

OS scenography for the 'Designing scarcity' exhibition

on 2014-08-17 15:36
Posted in: OS explorations .

A series of modular scenography proposals for the 'Designing Scarcity' exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. All table structures are based on a sandwich construction of wooden plates that hold metal tubes. All modular elements have been designed from the OpenStructures grid. 

Scenography design by Christiane HoegnerThomas Lommée and Martin Faerber.
Exhibition pictures by Johannes Schwartz.

After the exhibition was finished, all scenography components were reused in a workshop at which participants disassembled all exhibition structures and used the individual parts to build new designs they could then take away with them.

All workshop pictures by Matthijs Immink. 

Various other design proposals ...

OS Active City truck

on 2014-01-10 14:39
Posted in: OS explorations .

Active city truck was a design proposal for a multifunctional vehicle by Brussels Cooperation in collaboration with Thomas Lommée and Jo Van Bostraeten. All add-ons were designed from the OS grid.
Unfortunately the van never left the drawing board. 
Commissioned by parckdesign 2014.

OS augmented workshop for Mobilotoop

on 2014-01-10 07:44
Posted in: OS explorations .

Work site+ is a futuristic visualization of an OS workshop.
This design proposal has been developed within the context of the Mobilotoop project.

From the Mobilotoop exhibition catalogue:

'The work site+ is one´s own or a shared workshop equipped with virtual assistance. 

Like to work on your bicycle yourself, but don´t always have the necessary experience? Work site+ shows wear and tear information, building instructions and handy tips for repair or assembly. The information is projected - according to principles of augmented reality - over your modular bicycle. If this still doesn´t do the trick, you can call on the assistance of experts for a remote demonstration.'

Design team:
Peter Baeyens, Peter Defreyne, Bram Boot, Freya Van de Gaer

Picture by:
Kristof Vrancken

OS interactive manual for Mobilotoop

on 2014-01-09 05:43
Posted in: OS explorations .

In this video, software and the Internet are used to make production and design knowledge more accessible. The manual in this example was created on the basis of the 3D CAD model, which was also used in the engineering phase. This model can be used by documentation designers to make different types of 3D CAD user manuals. Once the 3D CAD manual is finished, it is published on a free database, ready to be downloaded. It grants the user access to complex industrial knowledge, technical drawings, LCA reports and much more. The manual can easily be downloaded onto smart phones, tablets or PCs. Its easy accessibility opens up possibilities for a more collaborative 'open' production model. The example in the video is a DIY assembly manual for toys and a bike with modular parts. It is linked to the Belgian mobility project Mobilotoop

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