We’re curating a furniture collection for the creative workplace, built locally by independent makers.
Our story: designing for distributed manufacturing
Opendesk is a new kind of furniture company. We empower independent designers and makers to create beautiful furniture local to where it’s needed. We’re building the world’s most equitable & distributed supply chain, and believe in working together to build a healthier collective future - starting with the way we design and make the things we consume.
Our process: designing thoughtfully
We believe in being sustainable and impactful by design. We think that furniture should be a pleasure to manufacture as well as a great experience for people to use (and sometimes assemble, too). As a design-led team, we practice ‘technology with purpose’ - for us, design and technology are equally important enablers to deliver genuinely valuable, innovative and equitable outcomes. Our challenge is to make all of our designs as universally makeable as possible.
Designing for work
We spend about 30% of our lives working, so designing better workplaces seems like a huge opportunity to bring beneficial impact to many people. We decided to focus our initial energies on re-imagining the furniture of the workplace. The new workplace is flexible, open and connected, and we think it can be beautifully designed and locally-made, too.
Designing together with you
Our workspace furniture collection is growing, and we’d like talented designers to contribute. We’re on the lookout for opportunities to work with designers that are excited by our mission.
Our aim is to bring the designs of emerging, independent designers to global distribution. The Design Engineering team in our London studio works alongside designers to prototype, iterate and improve Opendesk furniture - so it’s always up to date with our makers capabilities and our customers needs.
We let designers chose their own licence terms and retain all the rights to their work. You’ll get an 8% design fee for every piece of furniture made commercially by one of our global makers.
Design Brief - Open Plan
We are looking for ideas for room dividers, screens, desk privacy solutions, meeting corners or spaces, video calling booths, and anything else that you can think of to create discrete and indeed discreet areas for the multitude of scenarios found in a shared working space.
The submission deadline is Sunday the 15th of October and entries can be submitted here up to 23:59 BST, so you have a month to get your ideas together and submit a product! We will publish a shortlist of the 10 best ideas at the end of October and the selected designs and overall winner will be announced on opendesk.cc in November.
Please read the further information, submission guidelines and terms and conditions below carefully.