The OpenStructures blog.

OpenStructures in > DOMUS magazine.

on 2011-06-08 16:38
Posted in: OS Press .
Read the full article here.

OS exhibition > @ Privata Oslavia 8, Ventura Lambrate, Milan (IT)

on 2011-04-22 22:11
Posted in: OS exhibitions .
Z33 – House for contemporary art and REcentre – centre for sustainable design presented ‘New Times, New Heroes’ at the design week in Milan. Through the exhibition over 20 designers and organizations connected with the OS project.

For the exhibition new OS parts and structures were designed by Johan Bruninx, Brussels Cooperation, Mieke Dierckx, Lizanne Dirkx, Ben Hagenaars, LInde Hermans, Christiane Hoegner, Pascal Koch, Sophie Lachaert, Lore Langendries, Maison Caro, Dick Van Hoff, Matt Sindall, Unfold and Rayah Wauters.


by Maison Caro

by Matt Sindall

New front part for OpenCargoBike
by Unfold

by Sophie Lachaert

by Dick Van Hoff

Ring / handle
by Lore Langendries

Heel / Cabinet leg
by Lizanne Dirkx

by Linde Hermans

OS participants

on 2011-04-18 22:46
Posted in: OS participants .
The OpenStructures project was happy 
to receive contributions by:

Sara Acosta 

Rogier Arents

Sanne Ree Barthels

Marthe Biezen

Izabela Boloz

Johan Bruninx 

Tom Buelens

Maison Caro

Kar Yan Cheung

Brussels Cooperation

Ligia Crisan

Michou N. De Bruijn

Roosje Degroot

Marjan D’Hose

Mieke Dierckx

Lizanne Dirkx

Brecht Duijf

Wout Fierens

Aukje Fleur

Lise Foré

Daan Gielis

Ben Hagenaars

Linde Hermans

Christiane Hoegner

Matthijs Holland 

Debbie Hovens

Nathalie Huesler

Nienke Ijpelaar

Mieke Keukelier

Assya Khalidi 

Pascal Koch

Lore Langendries

Sofie Lachaert

Stien Lambrechts

Deesje Lameris

Michael Lefebere

Hanne Lejeune

Thomas Lommée

Fabio Lorefice

Philip Luschen

Lucas Maassen

Jeroen Maes

Nacor Martina

Sofie Merlevede

Boa Min

Brent Neve

Jani Oyen

Particles Gallery

Robben Peeters

Karl Philips

Hanae Shimizu


Renee Scheepers

Juliette Schraauwers 

Matt Sindall

Eva Smeltekop

Elien Sockeel

Minke Stijns

Linde Tangelder

Jo Van Bostraeten

Martijn Van Der Velden 

Alex Van Durme

Pim Van Eijk

Dick Van Hoff

Janwillem Van Maele

Julie Van Mulders

Brit Van Nerven

Kirstie Van Noort

Arnaud Van Ruychevelt

Lennart Van Uffelen

Roy Verbakel 

Yves Verhaegen

Oskar Vermeylen

Thibaud Vermoesen

Rayah Wauters

Anne Feikje Weidema

Vincent Welleman

Hozan Zangana

OS > construction knot 2.0 by Brussels Cooperation

on 2011-03-04 15:21
version 2 of Brussels Cooperation's OS construction knot.

We like > LEGO® BrickArms

on 2011-02-12 17:15
Even LEGO is becoming an open system!
People are designing the LEGO blocs they always dreamt of but that where never built. LEGO is making the transition, whether they like it or not, from a closed, hierarchical system towards an open, horizontal system.

BrickArms LLC is a small toy company specializing in custom designed LEGO® compatible weapons and custom minifigs. 

OS workshop > VOMO Mechelen

on 2011-01-10 15:45
Posted in: OS workshops .

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
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 thesediameters into the next version of the OS ruler.

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!

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)

OpenStructures in > Metropolis magazine.

on 2010-03-20 16:54
Posted in: OS Press .
Read the full article here.

OpenStructures > no longer ignored by Bruce sterling ...

on 2010-02-19 16:07
Posted in: OS Press .
"I’ll believe in these when I can kick ‘em."
— Bruce Sterling on the OpenStructures project.

View blog entree here.

We like > ThereIfixedit

on 2010-02-17 16:10
A series of 'hardware hacks' that crossed my path.

A lot of these hacks were found at

"Anytime anyone anywhere has used duct tape, zip-ties and bubble gum to hold something together with just enough tensile strength to not instantly kill everyone in the room…that’s a kludge. Whether it was to get your first car, which was older than you, to last another month or simply to avoid having to buy new headphones, almost everyone has kludged something. We just encourage taking photos for e-fame."

What all of these hacks have in common is that each of them tells a kind of personal story, they all add a human layer to the mass-produced, as if you can almost hear the cursing or laughter of the people who performed the hacks.

Customizing by adapting one or more components.

Customizing by transforming the function of the object

Customizing by replacing one or more components.