“How to DIY” at MAK

As a MAK designer-in-residence 2013 we have taken part in the exhibition “Nomadic furniture 3.0 – new liberated living″  at  MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst and have realized the project “How to DIY”. The exhibition taking its title from the handbooks Nomadic Furniture 1 and 2, authored in 1973/1974 by James Hannessey and Victor Papanek, examined the history of the Do-it-yourself movement. Together with 15 of our friends and colleagues we have realized chosen 17 do-it-yourself furniture projects from the XIXth, XXth and XXIst century, and analized how demanding it is to build them and which skills you need.

The 3d models of the selected projects are available to download as a sketch up file (sketchup is free for download click here here).
The files need to be un-ziped before opening. For downloading, please click on the name of the project you like.

DIY chair_by MAX_Lamb_2008   instructions and more information you can find on the designers´ website  www.maxlamb.org

Rough_and_Ready by  Tord_Boontje_1999  instructions  and more information you can find on the designers´ website  www.tordboontje.com

24inch_module_by Ken_Carol_Isaacs_1974  instructions and more information you can find in the  book „How to build your own living structures“ by Ken Isaacs, published by Harmony Books in 1974

Sedia_db by Martino_Gamper_2009 instructions and more information you can find in the “Autoprogettazione Revisited” exhibition catalogue  published by Architectural Association  School of Architecture in 2009 and on the designers´ website www.martinogamper.com

Letto by_Enzo_Mari_1974  instructions you can find in the book “Proposta per un’autoprogettazione” by Enzo Mari
published by Galleria Milano in 1974

Husonaga_Table by Kazuhide_Takahama_1976 instructions and more information you can find in the book „Instant furniture – Low-cost, Well Designed, Easy-to-assemble Tables, Chairs, Couches, Beds, Desks and Storage Systems “ by Peter S.Stamberg published by Van Nostrand Reinhold in 1976

Bretthocker_anonymes design_19 JHDT   instructions and more information you can find in the book  “Möbel selbst erdacht und selbst gemacht – Anleitungen für Schule, Werkstatt und Haus” by Albert Haberer and Willi Simon
published by Bärenreiter-Verlag zu Kassel in 1948

Lampada_a_stelo_by_Kueng_Caputo_2009 instructions and more information on the designers´ website www.kueng-caputo.ch

Double-height_table_by_Hennessey and Papanek_1973  instructions and more information in the book „Nomadic Furniture – D-I-Y Projects that are Lightweight and Light on Environment “ by James Hennessey und Victor Papanek published by Schiffer in 2008

Crate_chair_Gerrit_Rietveld_1934 instructions and more information in the book “How to construct Rietveld furniture” by Peter Drijver und Johannes Niemeijer published by Art Books International Limited in 2001

Side_chair_by_Norman_Cherner_1951 instructions and more information in the book “Make Your Own Modern Furniture – Working Plans and Room Designs for More Comfortable and Convenient Living” by Norman Cherner published by McGraw-Hill in 1951

Adirondack_chair_by_Thomas_Lee_1903 instructions how to build a similar chair on www.finecraftguild.com/adirondack-chairs

Tensegrity_chair_by_David_Fleischer_1976 instructions and more information in the book “Furniture in 24 hours” by Spiros Zakas and his students at Parsons School of Design published by Collier Books in 1976

“The exhibition takes the current increasing demand for do-it-yourself instructions for furniture and furnishings as an occasion to trace the origins of this movement and pursue them to the present day. The publications Nomadic Furniture 1 and 2 by Victor Papanek and James Hennessey (1973/74) and Enzo Mari‘s Autoprogettazione project (1974) are important references and starting points for depicting the DIY movement as a contemporary phenomenon.” MAK

time: 12th of June untill 6th of October 2013
opening: 11th of June 2013 at 7 .00 p.m.
location: MAK, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
guest curator: Martina Fineder
curators: Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Curator, MAK Furniture and Woodwork Collection, and Thomas Geisler, Curator, MAK Design Collection
exhibition design
: raumlabor berlin

thanks to all friends and collegues who have taken part in the project:
Lukasz Bresinski, Jacqueline Pehack, Patrycja Pioch, prof.Jona Hoier, Katarzyna Arnold, Anna Wachowicz, Martina Fineder, Xaver Hochmayr, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Thomas Geisler, Martina Kellner, Marcus Nauman, Balázs Fényes, Julia Sommerfeld, Harald Kastner, Patrycja Domanska, Irene Posch, Antoine Turillon


As anaccompanying project  we have designed three coplex objects inspired by a historic designs.

“Nomadic ironing board” was inspired by a complex furniture type “Space saving ironing board” found in a book “Do-it-yourself furniture.  Exciting designs for your home” edited by Harry Butler.

“DIY service wagon ” is a contemporary re-interpretation of the “Service-wagon” by Ferdinan d Kramer from 1941. In contrary to Kramers project we have ordered the functions vertically to improve the usability. This version is easier to move, turn and it fits in every elevator.

“Nomadic coach table”  is the reinterpretation of a table published in Nomadic Furniture 2.0 ( authored by Victor Papanek and James Hennessy). It’s one of the last projects we did during our residency at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. The table is modular, so the LP Player can be exchanged same as the vitrine to exhibit your personal treasures.project: 2013

projects: 2013
materials: mapple wood, textile
commision: MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst
project kindly supported by: Herbert Kaglmayer from MAWA DESIGN, Heinz Lichtenegger from audiotuning.com and PRO-JECT Audio Systems