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OpenStructures performing live!

on 2015-03-26 05:29
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Very proud to release our very first OpenStructures introduction movie / 'how-to' manual / commercial!

Developed within the context of
the USM Haller project50 initiative



Dorien Schetz
stop-motion animation

Muriel Claeys
sound editing, mixing, voice

Thomas Lommée
concept / script /editing / graphics / voice

Marianne Cardon
script, production










OS > Lampshade by Marianne Cardon

on 2015-03-21 21:25
Posted in: OS explorations .
Half lamp shade



















Half of a lamp shade, a desk lamp, a bedside lamp, a pencil holder, a hanging flowerpot...

Watch the how-to manual here!

Design by Marianne Cardon







Half lamp shade process















OS > Milan

on 2015-03-20 13:57
Posted in: OS exhibitions .



The exploration of "Rethink the modular" USM concept began with a workshop at the domain de Boisbuchet in September 2014 with "USM Masterclasses" from seven leading international design schools. Workshop results were presented at this year Milan Furniture Fair, in an event that presented a comprehensive and kaleidoscopic interpretation of modularity today.

The ENSCI - Les Ateliers Masterclass, lectured by Thomas Lommée, worked on a series of modular objects, based on the OS grid, in which each object is sharing one or multiple parts together / between each other. 

Watch all workshop results here.




































"Rethink the modular" USM exhibition
Milan Furniture Fair, April 2015


Participating ENSCI - Les Ateliers students:

Maud Bausier
Celia Torvisco
Fanny Serouart
Fanny Muller
Maxime Loiseau
Antoine Giret
Céline Coq
Alexandre d’Orsetti
Florian Bédé
Sylvain Chassériaux



Other participating schools:

Parsons New School of Design (nyc, US)
ECAL, Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (lausanne, CH)
Tokyo Tech, Tokyo Institute of Technology (tokyo, JP)
HfG Karlsruhe (Germany, GER)
NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (milan, I)



Curated by:

Tideo Von Oppeln
Burkhard Meltzer



Scenography:

Christoph Blaas



Publication:

Giulia Stoll







A USM initiative.

















OS > USM50 Workshop at Domaine Boisbuchet

on 2015-03-19 18:10
Posted in: OS workshops .



From the 14th until the 21rd of September 2014 USM organised the USM Master Class at Domaine Boisbuchet within the framework of their 50th anniversary initiative.
During the 8 days, a selection of design, art, architecture and fashion students worked with internationally renowned authors from Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, USA and Japan on the concept of modularity.

A group of ENSCI-Les Ateliers students was mentored by Thomas Lommée and asked to work within the framework the OpenStructures project.








Workshop assignment:








Workshop results:


































Participating ENSCI - Les Ateliers students:

Maud Bausier
Celia Torvisco
Fanny Serouart
Fanny Muller
Maxime Loiseau
Antoine Giret
Céline Coq
Alexandre d’Orsetti
Florian Bédé
Sylvain Chassériaux



Other participating schools:

Parsons New School of Design (nyc, US)
ECAL, Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (lausanne, CH)
Tokyo Tech, Tokyo Institute of Technology (tokyo, JP)
HfG Karlsruhe (Germany, GER)
NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (milan, I)



Curated by:

Tideo Von Oppeln
Burkhard Meltzer



Workshop coordination & publication:

Giulia Stoll









A USM initiative.














OS > poster for 10 years DaMN magazine

on 2015-02-11 11:29
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OpenStructures' contribution to 'A matter of perception',
celebrating 10 years of Damn magazine.





Second poster proposition by Léonie Durr.











OS > Strata series by Jan Geboers

on 2015-01-21 15:07



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.
www.jangeboers.be
























OS > Timelab interior by Lieven Standaert

on 2015-01-20 12:06
Posted in: OS explorations .







The new Timelab interior is entirely based on the OS grid :)!

Timelab is a hands-on workspace for creation and innovation in the city of Ghent, Belgium. Makers, thinkers, doers gather on open lab days, workshops, weekends and events.

Interior design by Lieven Standaert.
www.timelab.org
























We like > http://thingsfittingperfectlyintothings.tumblr.com/

on 2015-01-19 08:47


From
http://thingsfittingperfectlyintothings.tumblr.com/

'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 09:03



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.'

http://www.brio.net/Products/railway

http://www.bigjigstoys.co.uk/c/bigjigs-rail
http://www.thomaswoodenrailway.com/












We like > Inside the box

on 2014-11-20 20:20
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'Inside the box' is Thomas Billas' graduation project at La Cambre, Brussels

'Most of the time, we design external shape, function and textures.
Inside the box is a proposal to solve the internal disorder of our
household appliances.

There are six elements inside most of these appliances that can work if assembled correctly together.

Imagine. If you can understand how it works inside an object, then you
can fix it yourself, renew the product with old parts, change external
shape without changing the electronic elements or even design your own
objects. Inside the box was my graduation project, now I wish to make it become a reality.'