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Ronen Kadushin, folding chairs

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“Recent Uploads” – Exhibition Opening from annika. on Vimeo.

My friend and extraordinary open designer Ronen Kadushin (see these blog posts) recently had a vernissage for his new exhibition called “Recent Uploads”.

Ronen says:

Each chair drawe its inspiration from different narratives: design references, emotional states, city life, and street art. (…) The chairs are laser cut from a 6mm aluminum sheet, and bent and assembled by hand. Bending a piece this thick is made easy using a hallmark detail I formulated a few years back; (…) The designs of the chairs were recently uploaded onto my website for anyone to copy, produce or experiment with.

In the video above, you can see how Ronen assembled (or rather: folded) a number of his open design chairs from a flat sheet of metal. It’s pretty amazing, really.

The designs are realeased under a Creative Commons license (by-nc-sa), so you can download and cut them yourself, or buy the complete pieces at Appel Design Gallery, Berlin.

Hack Your Chair (Open Design Chair)

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Ronen Kadushin‘s works blow my mind over and over again. Ronen is a Berlin-based designer, mostly he works on furniture. The twist: It’s all open-sourced & released under a Creative Commons license. You can take his designs, copy them, remix them, hack them. It’s yours for the taking. And more importantly, it always looks awesome, as top-of-the-line designer furniture sometimes just does. (WIRED loves it, too.)

One of the design principles here is not to use joints: Joints are complex, hard to reproduce. They would make those designs de facto impossible to hack, manipulate and clone. Designing along more simple patterns helps to keep the works not just open source by the words, but by the spirit of open source. All you see here can actually be reproduced fairly easily.

To get a better idea of the process, check out these these photos (after the jump). (more…)