Opendesk is a global platform for local making. It gathers a global network of makers and a collection of furniture by a range of international designers. Because that furniture is designed for digital fabrication, it can be downloaded as a digital file and made locally—on demand, anywhere in the world. The “Edie” stools used in this exhibition were designed by David and Joni Steiner and fabricated using this “open-making” process. If Enzo Mari were a hacker, he would also design furniture as software.
OpenDesk is a trading name of Fabbed Limited, UK company based in London, UK. Originally spun out of architecture and strategic design firm 00, the founding team are James Arthur, Ian Bennink, Tim Carrigan, Nick Ierodiaconou, and Joni Steiner. Following crowd funding in July 2014, OpenDesk is part-owned by members of the community, including designers, makers, customers and private investors. Key partners include AtFAB, Colektivo, Impact Hub, Machine Made, Matter Machine, ShopBot, SketchUp; as well as many of the designers and makers on the site.
OpenDesk has also been backed by a SMART Development of Prototype grant from Innovate UK and by Telefónica’s Wayra accelerator programme. The team also owns and operates the digital fabrication directory FabHub. Three of the founding team were also co-founders of the WikiHouse open source construction set.