A selection of on/offline publications on OpenStructures over time.
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Interview by Anniina Koivu, Andrea Caputo
by Anniina Koivu, Andrea Caputo
OpenStructures is featured in U-JOINTS, an extensive compendium on connections.
U-JOINTS is a taxonomy of connections that looks at human history through its details and invites to see design and architecture in new ways. The book is the result of a four-year long research project and exhibition series and features a collection of possibilities, of existing projects and potential new ideas. Just as OpenStructures, U-joints is in its conception open source: it aims to open up new dialogues, create new spaces and, ultimately, spark curiosity about the details of our man-made world.
Find the interview with Anniina Koivu on pages 888–894!
Edited by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu
for SYNC-SYNC Editions, Milano
Picture by Delfino Sisto Legnani
Interview by Yi Xu
in Demo Magazine #3
by Yi Xu
Joana Lazarova Interviewed Thomas Lommée and Christiane Högner, founders of OpenStructures, on #Post-Bauhaus, #Autonomous Design, #Sharing Economy and the #Role of Designer for Chinese ’Demo Magazine’, a biannual pan-design review journal.
Edited by Yi Xu, words by Joana Lazarova, photography by Julien Lanoo, translation by Alicia Lee
Feature by Mateo Kries, Jochen Eisenbrand
in Atlas of Furniture Design
by Mateo Kries, Jochen Eisenbrand
The Vitra Design Museum’s »Atlas of Furniture Design« is a new encyclopedic publication on 200 years of furniture design. OpenStructures is proud to be featured within this monumental work that examines themes ranging from the early days of industrialization to innovations of the digital era, which play an increasingly important role in furniture design today. Based on more than twenty years of research and with more than 1,000 pages, the »Atlas« represents the most comprehensive book to ever shed light on this subject.
Edited by Mateo Kries & Jochen Eisenbrand for Vitra Design Museum.
Photo credits: Kobi Benezri Studio
Publication by Kris De Decker
in Low-Tech Magazine 2012–2018
by Kris De Decker
Low-tech Magazine underscores the potential of past and often forgotten technologies and how they can inform sustainable energy practices. Sometimes, past technologies can be copied without any changes. More often, interesting possibilities arise when older technology is combined with new knowledge and new materials, or when past concepts and traditional knowledge are applied to modern technology. Inspiration is also to be found in the so-called “developing” world, where resource constraints often lead to inventive, low-tech solutions. Contains 159 images in black & white.
On of the most insightful articles on the OpenStructures project, by the hand of Low-Tech magazine initiator Kris Dedecker, can be found back in this publication.
The ‘home of the future’ has long intrigued designers and popular culture alike. Whether it was the dream of the fully mechanised home or the notion that technology might liberate us from home altogether, the domestic realm was a site of endless invention and speculation. But what happened to those visions? Are today’s smart homes the future that architects and designers once predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?
Alongside the work of leading voices in the field, such as Atelier Van Lieshout , Dunne & Rab, Yona Friedman, Buckminster Fuller, Hans Hollein, Haus-Rucker-Co, Mark Leckey, Enzo Mari, Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Superstudio or Andrea Zittel, OpenStructures is featured within the exhibitions’ catalogue and has contributed an original essay about the role of open connectors.
OpenStructures has been featured in Futurekind: Design by and for the People, a compendium of over sixty design projects enabled by new technologies that reveal how innovative, socially and environmentally conscious designs allow us to change the world for the better.
Publication 1 by Maaike Lauwaert & Francien Van Westrenen
in Facing Value
by Maaike Lauwaert & Francien Van Westrenen
Facing Value - Radical Perspectives From The ArtsEditors: Maaike Lauwaert & Francien Van Westrenen
The publication 'Facing Value. Radical perspectives from the arts' aims to rethink the scope and language of the current value system. It presents nine alternatives to regain personal power, find inspiration, shape a better environment, share energy and creativity, and build on a vital and just society. With an anthology of texts by a variety of contributors, the authors propose to place values such as hesitation, care, and giving at centre stage, in order to reclaim value from the logic of capital. Next to the architecture of Yona Friedman, John Habraken and Elemental, OpenStructures have been featured as an example how to welcome and invite participation.
in Saša J. Mächtig: Systems, Structures, Strategies
by Maja Vardjan
Saša J. Mächtig: Systems, Structures, Strategies
Edited by: Maja Vardjan
According to prominent Slovenian architect Saša J. Mächtig urban space should be furnished with open systems of flexible structures to create active areas that facilitate daily rituals, exchange of information and the participation of all. OpenStructures is featured within a publication that reflects Mächtig’s systemic thought, interdisciplinary work, concept designs and end products, such as his Kiosk K67, while showcasing the process of creation, extensive research, testing in public space and marketing campaigns.
Published by MAO - Museum of Architecture and Design
The Bauhaus was one of the 20th century’s most influential cultural movements, yet at the same time it is regarded as the epitome of the Modernist design cliché: geometric, industrial, minimalistic. The publication »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« disproves this cliché and takes a new, up-to-date look at the design of the Bauhaus.
The book offers the very first comprehensive overview of the extended concept of design which was initiated at the Bauhaus showing the great interest of Bauhaus designers in social interconnections, experiments and processes. Alongside rare exhibits from design, architecture, art, film, and photography, the book documents the development processes as well as the socio-political concepts behind the Bauhaus. To underline their relevance for today’s creative practise, these ideas are contrasted to current themes in design such as the digital revolution, and the works of numerous present-day artists and designers. Among others, Olaf Nicolai, Adrian Sauer, Wilfried Kühn and Joseph Grima created artistic works on the topic especially for the exhibition and the publication.
The lavishly illustrated publication features essays by renowned authors such as Arthur Rüegg and Jan Boelen, a glossary of key terms related to all aspects of the Bauhaus, as well as a detailed catalogue section. Numerous short articles by distinguished designers, artists, and architects from all over the world, who with their ideas, projects, and theories reflect on the topicality of the Bauhaus and its influence on 21 st century design, form part of this new and contemporary look at the Bauhaus.
Illustrates an essays of Jolanthe Kugler names Everything is Designed.
Article on OS by Laura Truxa and Caroline Bouige
‘De la cellule à la ruche.’
Instruction by Hans Ulrich Obrist
in Do It: The Compendium
by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Do It: The Compendium
Thomas Lommée contributed an instruction based on OpenStructures to Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing curatorial experiment: Do It: The compendium. This anthology collects 250 "scores"―written instructions for the production of an artwork―from more than 60 artists invited to participate in the 50 iterations of the globally traveling "do it" exhibition to date.
The design-studio of Thomas Lommée was shortlisted for the Icon Awards 2012 as 'Design studio of the year' by a jury consisting of Edwin Heathcote, Libby Sellers, Kieran Long, Alice Rawsthorn and Ab Rogers.
Cover and Editorial by Emma Firmin
in Damn Magazine N°36
by Emma Firmin
“Gather support. Share drawings. Consider comments. Label materials. Standardise dimensions. Allow disassembly. Exchange skills. Prototype designs. Outsource production. Personalise sales. Allow hacking. Facilitate clustering. Stimulate growth. Transform waste.” These are the values proffered and practiced by Brussels based designer Thomas Lommée. His belief in open design and the forces of synchronicity and synergy within the working process have generated highly impressive realisations.