Open Design: Products in a networked culture

A revolution in product development, production and distribution is imminent due to the Internet’s disruptive nature and the easy access to CNC machines. Open Design is a proposal to make this happen. Its aim is to shift Industrial Design to become relevant in a globally networked information society. The presentation introduced some of Ronen Kadushin Design work, its context, essentials and insights expressed through this new design method. It described some realizations about industrial design and its relations to the Internet revolution, creativity, education and consumerism.

Ronen Kadushin (b. 1964) is an Israeli designer and design educator living in Berlin since 2005. He taught furniture design and design creativity courses at leading Israeli and European design academies since 1993. In 2004 Kadushin developed the Open Design concept, where the designs of his products can be downloaded, copied, modified and produced, much as in Open Source software. Based on this concept, he formed Open Design, a design and production company for furniture, lighting and accessories which are produced in Berlin and sold in Europe and the USA. Open Design products are regularly presented in solo and group exhibitions world wide, and published in professional literature. Kadushin is teaching Open design courses in universities and speaks at conferences. He is the author of the Open Design Manifesto.   /   @RonenKadushin

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