Diatom // Design Studio

ABOUT

Diatom is a design studio that is exploring the possibilities that digital fabrication offers, to give the end user a role in the design process. By developing tools and experiences that produce this collaboration, they hope to create products that are enriched by the individual and supersede the capabilities of discrete design.

Domus consists of:

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Greg Saul is a designer, programmer, maker who is interested in challenging the roles of the consumer and designer through his work.

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From his experience as a designer and researcher Tiago Rorke is usually emersed in prototyping and physical computing, tools and details.

PROJECT

The SketchChair software allows anybody to take part in the process of designing and building their own chairs. The program lets users design chairs using a simple 2d drawing interface, automatically generating the structure of a chair and testing its stability. Users can simulate sitting on a chair with a customisable figure of themselves, in order to test and refine the chair to ensure it will comfortably support them.

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The software automatically generates cutting profiles for the chairs, which can then be used to make physical SketchChairs. Using a cnc router, laser cutter or paper cutter, these parts can be cut from any suitable flat sheet material, and then easily assembled by hand.

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