FABrics are open source chairs designed to be manufactured locally by the user. The chairs consist of CNC routed plywood and laser-cut leather. They are assembled together using 3D printed connectors.
The aim of this project was to create a collection of lounge furniture that can be made anywhere in the world using universal materials and technologies. These digital processing technologies can be found in local facilities and in Fab Labs or Maker Spaces around the world. The manufacturing process is designed to be simple and straightforward in order to accommodate a large variety of users.
Materials: Plywood, tainted Leather, 3D printed ABS
Photography: Lior Golsad
In a time when DIY culture and the Maker Movement are emerging in response to commercially manufactured products, FABrics Chairs are open-source furniture the "consumer" produces at home. This open-source model is based on a more decentralized model of production, in contrast with more centralized models such as those typically used by commercial manufacturing companies.
FABrics chairs are designed to be manufactured locally all across the globe by different users as a DIY project. The parts are fabricated using digital processing technologies that can be found in local businesses and in Fab-Labs or Maker Spaces around the world. CNC router milling, laser-cutting and 3D printing can be reached easily and are all the user needs in order to produce FABrics.
The lounge chairs have a Birch plywood frame, and leather seat and backrest which are held in place by 3D printed rivets (all of which can be customized). By allowing the user to determine the wood finish, leather style and rivet color, FABrics chairs starts a dialog between the designer and the user, who both have a part in the creation of each piece. Since assembling the chairs require only basic wood working skills, almost anyone can make them and create a unique design.
Being an Industrial designer and a Maker both led me to finding a way to combine my love of high-end product design and DIY projects. I designed FABrics chairs to resonate with contemporary furniture and still have that self-made quality and sentiment that accompany DIY projects.
This project will be exhibiting in the upcoming Fuorisalone 2016 in Milan, in the RAW EXHIBITION of SBODIO 32. Links to exhibition:http://fuorisalone.it/2016/en/events/1101/SBODIO32-THE-RAW-EDITIONhttp://www.sbodio32.com/#!raw-2016/hrkmr
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