tFAB is a design firm co-founded by architects Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher, who are dedicated to delighting you with simple, durable, modern objects. We want to design goods that are beautiful both in appearance and in how they are designed, manufactured, and delivered. We started AtFAB to design things specifically for digital CNC fabrication tools and networked manufacturing, in order to provoke a new way of designing, making, and buying things. Our line of furniture began as a small, open source research project within our architecture firm. We designed and tested furniture objects in our studio, and posted our design files for others to download, customize, and cut with CNC machines.
Since then, our furniture designs have been downloaded and locally fabricated by a global community of makers, and have been commissioned by private clients, including MakerBot Industries. We’ve exhibited AtFAB in a wide range of venues from Maker Faires to MIT. The AtFAB 5-30 Minute Chair was recently acquired for the permanent collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Paris. Called an “IKEA Disruptor” and “iTunes for Furniture,” AtFAB has been featured by NPR, The Economist, and The Atlantic, as well as by MAKE Magazine, Treehugger, and Coolhunting. Our networked, locavore fabrication is enabled by OpenDesk‘s powerful platform. We can produce and deliver precisely crafted furniture in a way that uses less energy and employs local, independent businesses. Best of all, it connects us more directly with individuals who care about how and where their things are made.