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 necessary. 

The thing is, I don't find objects themselves very interesting. Why get all excited over a chair, a lamp or a vase?  It's the process leading up to them that interests me most. 

So, being more into processes then products, it is digital manufacturing that allows me to design without actually 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 of an object. No more transport of products, but transport of data that can be turned into a product in a digital manufacturing workshop anywhere in the world. Whenever and wherever there is a need for it.

Digital design and digital manufacturing give me endless freedom and total control over the design process. When I’m not happy with a direction I’ve chosen, I can easily go back to a previous version with a few mouse clicks and start over. Then, when I’m happy with a design, I can make just 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. I don't think they are my property. Can you own an idea? If there is anything else you would like to know, feel free to send me an email.

All the best,

David Graas