Downloading Designs: Foldschool Furniture


Downloadable designs are so efficient; no shipping or handling, just bits and bytes. We have shown flatpack furniture , flatpack toys from Readymech and Pinhole cameras as demonstrations of the possibilities of dematerialized designs; now we have Swiss-based architect Nicola Enrico Stäubli's Foldschool.

It is the first of a line of downloadable designs where you supply the labour and the material, while Nicola provides a PDF layout and instructions. You can paypal him a donation if you like. He says "Mass culture is run by superficiality and ecological absurdity. Foldschool supports craftsmanship as a face-to-face approach to design and brings together product and user the closest possible. The mindset of foldschool is to restore design to one of its original missions: to provide a product at an affordable price through a smart manufacturing process."

Today it is cardboard and a mat knife; tomorrow a desktop CNC router and we all have in-house factories. ::Foldschool via ::Core77

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