AtFAB at Design Society Museum

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AtFAB joins pioneers of digital design in “Minding the Digital” at the Design Society Museum, China’s first international contemporary design and cultural institution. AtFAB Rotational Stools join works by Achim Menges, Joris Laarman, and other artists and designers in the museum’s inaugural exhibition.

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For the exhibition design itself, Dutch architecture firm MVRDV furnished the various galleries with AtFAB furniture. In the spirit of AtFAB’s concept, MVRDV downloaded our open source files. And, then modified each file to suit the exhibition’s varied installations. Then, our friends at Opendesk‘s Shanghai office assisted MVRDV in locally fabricating dozens of transparent acrylic pieces. MVRDV filled the Design Society Museum’s galleries with barely-there, sparkling versions of the Rotational StoolsOne to Several Table, and its new cousin, the One to Several Bench.

Shenzhen’s makers demonstrated their meticulous digital craftsmanship in every piece of acrylic furniture. They maintained a perfect joinery fit, polished every cut edge, and flawlessly fastened each screw into the material. Throughout the museum, guests and interpretive exhibits seemingly hover above the gallery’s white floors.

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The museum opened in 2017 in Shenzhen, China’s largest manufacturing region. Its mission is to expand and enrich the nation’s design environment, making “Designed in China” synonymous with “Made in China”. It aims to offer a platform to show China’s creative drive to the world. And, through exhibitions like “Minding the Digital” that included AtFAB, the Design Society Museum also nurtures China’s quest for design inspiration from abroad.

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