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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.

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

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.

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.