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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 workshop > Lissabon

on 2013-12-10 17:46
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Z33 (House for contemporary art, Belgium) in collaboration with Open Structures organized the « Temporary Structures » workshop for the The Institute Effect, one of the programs of Close, Closer, the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (12 september – 15 december).

The main challenge was to challenge and explore Lukas Wegwerth's OS scaffolding system.

The workshop resulted into of about four days of investigation and experimentation, thinking and doing with around 20 participants, followed by a day of presentations and panel debate.

Many thanks to all participants.
And special thanks to Lukas Wegwerth and Laurens Bekemans for moderating the workshop, FabLab Lisbon for offering 'making' support, the 'Institute effect' crew for the generous hosting and to Jan Boelen for making it all happen.




















OS workshop > vienna

on 2012-11-11 06:00
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In november 2012 we were invited to Vienna for a one-day OS workshop.

Participants were asked to disassemble a number of used electrical appliances to then puzzle new appliances with the individual components. The results display first 'drafts' of what could become open modular appliances. 
The next step would then be to redesign all of the individual components by 'syncing' their dimensions and assembly points to the OS grid so that it would become possible to disassemble for example a fan, a coffee grinder and an ironer to then build an orange squeezer from some of their components.

Many thanks to Anita Peretti, Bernhard Ranner, Isaac Monte, Nataša Sienčnik, Thomas_Traxler and Kickie Chudikova for their kind collaboration.









More information on viennaopen.net

















OS workshop > VOMO Mechelen

on 2011-01-10 15:45
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In september 2010 VOMO Mechelen participated in an OS workshop using a universal galvanized steel clamp as a common assembling element for individual designers, allowing the interaction of different creative results, leading to flexible constructions and numerous hybrids.

VOMO is a postgraduate in furniture design with an open minded focus on the architecture of furniture, inspired by industry as well as arts & crafts and vice versa, combining conceptual approaches with down-to-earth attitudes, networking between professional designers and organisations.














Stool by Nienke IJpelaar, Pim Van Eijk, Ligia Crisan, JanWillem Van Maele.





and other results ...








2nd OS assignment at the Design Academy Eindhoven

on 2010-03-30 06:44
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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.















Distractors
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!




















Compatibles
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)












OS assignment at the Design Academy Eindhoven

on 2010-01-23 16:37
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 these diameters into the next version of the OS ruler.





Recipient 
by Hanae Shimizu.

A set of components, all based on a shared inner diameter of 8cm, that can be configurated into different objects and combined with existing recipients by using a yellow rubber band.





Concept sketches
by Hanae Shimizu.




Research on component combinations based on a common diameter of around 8cm. 
by Eva Smeltekop.

A series of found objects were combined and held together with a piece of elastic rubber (from a balloon).
The objective of this research was to document the diversity of object typologies that emerge through the combination of just a few components.





Concept drawing
by Eva Smeltekop





Lamp 
by Matthijs Holland.

The lamp can be fully disassembled. 
Some of the individual parts are currently integrated in the design of a sunscreen by Louise Knoppert.











Difference in the system.
Martijn Van Der Velden

By using bronze casting for making the OS parts. The skin of every partis different, but still compatible with the system. Because of the mainshape and the connection points according the grid.




Bag
by Sara Acosta

The OS grid is used as a pattern.
The fabric is kept together by leather squares with metal knobs.




Reconverted closet 
by Linde Tangelder

The grid is made visible on a second hand closet hereby indicating possible second uses of the individual parts after cutting.