I’m a huge fan of open source software, but let’s make it physical with open source furniture!
The OpenDesk range currently includes a Desk, Café Table, Meeting Table, Edie Stool and Edie Table.
OpenDesk has been created by British designers Joni & David Steiner with Development 00 (the team behind digital fabrication platform FabHub). It’s a set of open source furniture designs that allows you to bypass shipping and transport costs by keeping manufacturing local (handy when you live in NZ ). I also love OpenDesk’s map – you can see who has already downloaded the designs.
After an OpenDesk design is downloaded, users can take the design to a CNC mill, get it cut out, take the parts home and start building.
OR, in the future open source furniture (like many things) will use 3d- printing!
The OpenDesk designs are also currently on display at the London Design Museum as part of “The Future is Here” exhibition, running until October 2013.