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
A group of ENSCI-Les Ateliers
students was mentored by Thomas Lommée and asked to work
within the framework the OpenStructures project.
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)
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 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
'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
'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.'
'Most of the time, we design external shape, function and
Inside the box is a proposal to solve the internal disorder of
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
can fix it yourself, renew the product with old parts, change
shape without changing the electronic elements or even design your
objects. Inside the box was my graduation project, now I wish to
make it become a reality.'
“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
'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
A project by Leonardo Amico, Thibault Brevet,
Coralie Gourguechon, Jesse Howard, Jure Martinec, Nataša
Muševič and Tilen Sepič
'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.