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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 > poster for 10 years DaMN magazine

on 2015-02-11 11:29
Posted in: .

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.

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.

We like >

on 2015-01-19 08:47


'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 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.'

We like > Inside the box

on 2014-11-20 20:20
Posted in: .

'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.'

OS > Playing with OS by Thomas Billas

on 2014-11-19 15:15
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 07:20


'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

We like > Engine blocks :: BIO 50

on 2014-10-14 11:30
Posted in: What we like ... .

'Vehicles have become increasingly specialized and unique, yet their mechanical essence remains largely the same. Could the future of transportation lie in a sustainable, modular mechanical solution where the main element – an engine – is adaptable in and to a variety of local contexts?

With this in mind, the team created an engine that can be removed and interchanged between different vehicles. Developed with Slovenian motorcycle company Tomos, the engine could be hacked onto a range of existing modes of transport and tools, used on one after another as the user searches the landscape.
It's a manifest that states that humans will always find ways to deal with industrial goods and waste, that planned obsolescence or design made to be not hackable or hard to understand is a danger for the system of object and the creativity of makers.'
A project by
Ricardo Carneiro, Gaspard Tiné-Berès, Tristan Kopp and Antoine Monnet.