You Can Download Your Next Desk From This Open-Source Ikea

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Ikea's not the only place you can get a build-your-own-furniture puzzle. If you're into the whole open source thing, there's a new repository of completely free furniture designs that are ripe for the downloadin'. The only hurdle? You have to actually make the pieces before you can put 'em together.

OpenDesk, furniture designers Joni and David Steiner and Development 00, is home to a line of completely free, completely open-source furniture that anyone can download. And if you've got your own CNC mill, you can even print out the pieces by yourself. If not, OpenDesk links in with a service called FabHub, which will help you find somebody who does.

So far, OpenDesk only has a few tables, desks, stools, so the selection is pretty limited, but with any luck the offerings will get more robust as time goes on. Getting a whole bunch of tables milled isn't going to be the best option for everyone, but as the collection of designs grows—and maybe starts to incorporate some weird and more niche items—it could be a one-stop-furniture-shop for entire rooms.


Just don't expect to get anything too comfortable—unless they start offering cushion patterns. [OpenDesk via TechCrunch]

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This + Continued Advances in 3D Printing Technology = Goodbye IKEA, as we know it now anyways. I'm guessing that the open source furniture community can easily compete with IKEA in terms of design quality.

It may never actually happen, but the theoretical basis is there.