tFAB designs simple, modern goods to be made in a whole new way: with networked, independent digital fabrication workshops. We design goods that dispense with the energy-intensive waste of global shipping and do away with middlemen and markups, while sharing our designs to fuel the ever-expanding maker movement. Our modern furniture basics are shaped by the materials, tools and means by which they’re made: entirely digital from design to distribution to fabrication.
Every functional, elegantly proportioned shape in our design catalog features precise digital joinery and structural marquetry that belies the flatness of its original, plywood parts. We’re delighted to offer our inaugural collection of furniture through OpenDesk, as cut files for DIY or fabricated locally to order and delivered directly to you. Soon to become enduring, digitally crafted heirlooms of their time.
Goods a Whole New Way
Born out of the tech-fueled self-sufficiency that drives the maker movement, AtFAB aims to radically transform relationships to things, much the way iTunes revolutionized relationships to music. We design objects for distributed manufacturing that is afforded by digital design and fabrication. It’s a chance to make and deliver things in a whole new way. Instead of making goods centrally and transporting them globally, we propose sending digital information globally in order to make things locally. This simple reversal can have massive consequence: reduced energy consumption and environmental impact, new local job opportunities, and a direct connection between designers, fabricators, and customers.
AtFAB, named for FABrication At, emerges from our interest in the information of things. We built a collection of furniture that you can make yourself, or have made for you by any one of the next generation of digital smiths, wrights, coopers and mongers in your community. Keep in touch with us as we test new designs, find new digital affordances, and develop parametric design customization (the DNA of things).
Have your furniture made locally anywhere in the world. Enlist a nearby fabber and use locally available materials. The options are limitless with OpenDesk’s powerful open making platform. OpenDesk will connect you to your nearest qualified CNC fabrication shop, which works with you to locally make your furniture to order.
Use the same digital design files as our fabricators to make AtFAB yourself. Join our global community of makers who have fabricated AtFAB locally. Download a digital cut file at OpenDesk. Choose your own materials, tweak the designs, and fabricate your piece at a nearby CNC equipped workshop or hackerspace.
Designed to Customize
Customize the dimension of an AtFAB furniture piece to suit your needs. We’ve designed every piece in the collection to work across a range of sizes, rather than just one size fits all. Most of the AtFAB line can be made taller, longer, shorter, or wider in order to fit the length of wall, to match the width of your sofa, or to hold a special collection. Since every AtFAB piece is made to order, we can adapt a piece to suit your needs. Contact us with your ideas, and we’ll respond with an estimate for design, setup & material.