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OpenDesk is a global platform for open making. You can use it to download, make and buy furniture customised for you and made local to you.
The idea evolved through Architecture 00:/ and the teams behind FabHub and the TED Prize winning Wikihouse. What started as a 00:/ design project for a London based digital design agency, turned into a discussion about how furniture could be made shareable. OpenDesk turned the furniture into software so that it could be made remotely, wherever needed. After that, OpenDesk received a lot of requests from people wanting access to the furniture, so they decided to make it available as an open source product and host it on a website; to make the designs available to as wide an audience as possible.
Through crowdfunding the team have raised over £300K in equity finance, and have had over 10,000 downloads of the original desk across 30 countries. In the last 12 months, OpenDesk have generated approximately £500K of revenue for local SME makers in the UK. They also host a global network of makers and collection of furniture by a range of international designers on their digital platform.