In House by
David Steiner

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Royal College of Art graduate David Steiner has turned his house into a factory by adapting household appliances to create a range of tableware and lighting (+ slideshow).

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"The project began as an experiment in self-sufficiency, to some extent a reaction against the growing prevalence of desktop digital manufacture," said David Steiner, adding that he wanted to show what can be achieved using his existing possessions.

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Simple interventions transformed everyday objects that can be found in most homes into tools that replicate industrial manufacturing processes, such as rotational moulding and steam bending.

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A lampshade made from a baking tray was cut with scissors before being pressed into shape in the edge of a door frame.

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An embroidery hoop and sections of a notice board frame were used to make a framework for a polypropylene mould that was put in a washing machine to create a device for rotation casting tableware.

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Cutlery was cast from pewter in a mould made from a cereal box cut into shape and fixed to a chopping board.

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Cork from notice boards was layered and turned on a lathe surface attached to the top of a blender.

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A mixer was transformed into a pottery wheel used to throw a cup made from sugar paste.

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Wooden rulers dunked in water were heated in a microwave and bent to form a tray in a process replicating steam bending.

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Other graduation projects presented at Show RCA 2013 included a range of copper, maple and glass tools for making cosmetics at homebicycle helmets made from paper pulp and a bioplastic made from crab shells.

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Photography is by Lynton Pepper.

This movie shows how the machines were made and the products were manufactured:

  • Nick Halde

    Wow, I like the steam bending one. It reminds me of art school and bamboo bending! Really painful, but it was great fun.

  • James Broomhead

    I’m having a go at making the tray! Awesome project.

  • Chris

    Great!