OPEN GOODs – generative chair design

OPEN GOODs – generative chair design

The Department of CAAD -Computer Aided Architectural Design at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design, under the leadership of Prof. Hans Sachs, deals with integrative, digital design methods and manufacturing processes in the context of the architecture and interior design since 2015.

In the project ‘Open Goods’, supervised by Alexander Fillies M.A. and completed in February 2019, the aim was to develop chairs on a scale of 1:1 as digitally as possible and to produce prototypes. The dynamic connection of different aspects such as form, function, material, and manufacturing was integratively researched using digital modeling methods and associated digital manufacturing processes. The focus was on two approaches: the possible integration of user data in the context of ‘Open Innovation’ as a driver of form and function and the craft-inspired approach of comprehensive integration of material properties and behavior as well as possible traditional processing techniques into the digital design, construction, and manufacturing process.

“It is easier to ship recipes than cakes and biscuits.” (John Maynard Keynes)

The special feature of the chairs presented as part of the ‘Open Goods’ project is that they were developed in a virtual, parametrically programmed 3D model. Furthermore, the chairs can be manufactured on the basis of a configurable data set at all possible different locations with different materials and, if desired, with individualized dimensions.

The developed chairs are currently exhibited in Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold until 11th of August 2019.




Photo by Lukas Geier