Workshopped is an Australian exhibition to show the work of Australian designers to help them move from prototype to manufacture. Since 2001 it has been featuring the work of emerging Australian designers. David Knott is one designer who has regularly exhibited at workshopped. In 2007 he showed his pendant light that features laser cut acrylic blades. He chose digital manufacturing to reduce the cost of each unit and allow more customization than other production methods. Knott nicely explains the benefits of the chosen materials and manufacturing processes: “the benefits of a locally designed and manufactured product are further enhanced by the ability of the consumer to easily and fully recycle the light at the end of it’s useful life. The pendant is designed to ship flat with assembly on site, so the manufacturing and shipping procedures are kept to a bare minimum. A feature of the design is to allow a certain amount of customization for each customer which benefits from reasonably small local production runs”.


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  1. Ponoko Blog Says:

    […] David Knott has been my favourite designer of the last few months. I first wrote about him and his pendant light here. The other product of his that I really like is his 2001 ‘matrix’ storage cubes (I wish they had been called ‘a space odyssey’). They have a laser cut polypropylene shell that is hand stitched over a cardboard frame. Cardboard seems to have become a popular material for furniture, most of the stuff I’ve seen uses the laminated cardboard method made famous by Frank Gehry. I think Knott has come up with a very innovative and aesthetically pleasing combination of materials. It’s a very subtle use of cardboard that seems to be very effective. The cardboard provides the polypropylene with strength while the polypropylene provides a durable and beautiful surface. //OBSTART:do_NOT_remove_this_comment var OutbrainPermaLink=”http://blog.ponoko.com/2008/07/07/stitched-storage-cubes/”; var OB_demoMode = false; if(typeof(OB_Script)!=’undefined’){ OutbrainStart(); }else{ var OB_Script = true; var OB_langJS =”http://widgets.outbrain.com/lang_en.js”; document.write (“”); } //OBEND:do_NOT_remove_this_comment […]