KX Designers: Katia Glossmann, Xavier Tutó
From IKEA republic to personal fabrication
The processes of industrialization during the last two centuries changed the channels of production and consumption in the modern society. Two extremes have been created from distant relations between production and consumption: on one hand we have the large chains of mass production that have been extended over Asia, Latin America and East Europe (cheap labor), and in the other we have a consumer first world located chiefly in North America and Europe. IKEA, McDonalds, Ford, Toyota, Sony, Nike, Zara, among others, represent the large forces that prompt a model that even seems not to be exhausted (?).
Nevertheless tendencies at the present aims to the personalization of consumption, customers are looking forward to originality and uniqueness, we observe the differentiation of needs between cultures, locations and situations. This phenomena creates new forms of production in which the client becomes the designer and the producer, supported by the advances of digital fabrication technologies and the development of internet through web 2.0 and 3.0. Nike, Adidas, Cannondale are some examples of the inclusion clients in the design of shoes, bicycles or clothes; the Fab Labs prompt the personal fabrication as a model that could radically change the processes and the
relations mentioned before.
This course this oriented to the design, generation and production of an open source and shared platform to promote the online exchange of knowledge, this will permit to prompt the customization and personalization of elements as furniture. The goal is to create an Internet based interface (web 3.0) that will allow to interchange, share, download and upload designs all over the world.