Open source design is a movement in which individually designed and manufactured objects offer an alternative to the millions of identical manufactured products. The movement wants to draw attention not only to the designer’s forgotten responsibility, but also to the user’s passive role imposed by the design industry.
The idea of making the designer and consumer independent of the furniture industry through self-assembly instructions is nothing new. What is new, is the simplified communication over the Internet and the general availability of cheap, computer-controlled production techniques. This piece of furniture was specially designed to be downloaded and built at home. The individual components can be purchased and cut in the desired dimensions at the hardware store. For the processing of the Plaast material, one only needs an iron and baking paper.