Having been a designer for over a decade now, I can look back and make some sense of what I have been doing and why. The drive for me has always been the creative process. How an idea takes shape in your mind first and then gradually materializes into a physical object. Making sure things like functionality, aesthetics and production all come together in a magic mix. And that the object tells the story without further explanation nesecary. 

The thing is that objects themselves don't interest me at all. What 's so interesting about a chair, a table, a lamp or a vase? To me they are just that; a chair, a table, a lamp, a vase. Dead objects looking pretty.

Being more into processes then products, it is digital manufacturing that allows me to design without making stuff. I started using digital manufacturing for my cardboard furniture.  Looking to design a piece of furniture that could be made everywhere, on demand. And to disengage the design and the making. No more transport of products, but transport of data that can be turned into a product, on demand, in a digital manufacturing workshop anywhere in the world. Whenever and wherever there is a need for it.

Digital design and digital manufacturing gives me endless freedom and total control over the design process. When I’m not happy with a direction I’ve chosen, I can go back to a previous version with a few clicks and start over. Then, when I’m happy with a design, I can make one copy and check if the object is what I have in mind. There’s always unpleasant surprises, but also new insights, with which I can go back to the computer and make a version 2.0.

You are very welcome to browse the site and use all images that are there. And I'm happy to share designs. They were never mine to start with and they don't interest me anymore now that their journey has come to an end. If there is anything else you would like to know, feel free to send me an email.

David Graas