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OpenStructures in > NYT Beijing

on 2013-04-17 08:06
Posted in: OS Press .

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OpenStructures in > Frieze magazine

on 2013-03-29 21:22
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OpenStructures in > NYT

on 2013-02-14 14:59
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OpenStructures in > " A chronicle of future"

on 2013-01-29 11:00
Posted in: OS Press .






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OpenStructures in > Icon magazine

on 2013-01-17 10:56
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OpenStructures > Istanbul!

on 2012-11-17 03:53
Posted in: OS exhibitions .


New OpenStructures explorations by Marijn Van der PollChristiane HoegnerJesse Howard, Tristan Kopp & Ricardo Carneiro, Artin Aharon and Thomas Lommée at ‘Adhocracy’.

Welcome to the age of adhocracy. As the opposite of bureaucracy, adhocracy cuts across accepted conventions and power structures to capture opportunities, self-organise and develop new and unexpected methodologies of production. It inhabits the horizontal, rhizomatic realm of the network, in which innovation—resourceful, subversive, anti-dogmatic, spontaneous—can come from anywhere.” (Joseph Grima) 

Istanbul, Turkey
October - December, 2012




OS > kids toys

on 2012-11-12 20:06
Posted in: OS explorations .


For the kids toys project we took the BlocBox, an existing OS component and cut it into pieces. We then passed these pieces to a number of other designers, craftsmen, students and asked them to build a kids’ toy or furniture from it.

The resulting object series ( a sled + a chair + a sand digger + a swing) illustrate the flexibility of the Blocbox component  as well as the new opportunities that are offered by an open modular system as a whole.

The choice for kids furniture has multiple reasons:

First of all, small kids grow fast, so there is a real need for objects that can adapt and grow with them. Secondly, kids toys and furniture are most of the time very simple objects, which makes them interesting for Fablabs or home fabrication. and thirdly these objects have the potential to generate a community around them .. a community of motivated young fathers sharing experiences, exchanging knowledge and uploading new designs .. (and of course eager to create thé coolest toy for their kid).

Last but not least, if your kid has outgrown its toys, the components can again be reconfigured into other objects, such as a suitcase or a toolbox.

This project shows contributions of Marijn Van Der PollChristiane Hoegner, Tristan Kopp & Ricardo Carneiro, Artin Aharon and Thomas Lommée






















Sled by Artin Aharon in collaboration with Thomas Lommée 








Suitcase by Marijn van der Poll







ToyBox by Christiane Hoegner






Sand digger by Ricardo Carneiro and Tristan Kopp.






OS > WaterBoilerFilter by Unfold

on 2012-11-12 07:04
Posted in: OS explorations .
The WaterBoiler was passed on to the Antwerp based design studio Unfold.
 In their adaption the water recipient, a salvaged, PET bottle, 
was replaced by a cut through glass bottle that holds a 3D printed ceramic water filter.












The WaterBoiler was originally designed & composed by 
Jesse Howard in collaboration with Thomas Lommée
It contains OS parts designed by Fabio Lorefice (3D printed adaptor piece) 
and Unfold (3D printed ceramic waterfilter)







We like > Transparant Kitchen Tools by Jesse Howard

on 2012-11-11 09:48



This family of household appliances presents a near-future scenario in which users are actively involved in producing, repairing, and modifying their own products. Each appliance is constructed from 3D-printed and CNC manufactured components based on the OpenStructures design principles, standard components, and parts salvaged from existing discarded appliances.

For each appliance, a single page manual provides building instructions as well as links to download the OS compatible 3D printed and CNC milled components and sources for finding salvageable parts. In combination with the set of tools available at Fab Labs though out the world, the manuals allow the appliances to be reproduced by nearly anyone, from nearly anywhere.

The 'Transparent Kitchen Tools' project was the graduation project of Jesse Howard 
at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (july 2012).








































OS workshop > vienna

on 2012-11-11 05:00
Posted in: OS workshops .



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