Familie Binder - Chair by Michael Holzer & Magdalena Reiter





Introduction: Familie Binder - Chair by Michael Holzer & Magdalena Reiter

Familie Binder is a small family of furniture consisting of the stool 44/17, the chair 44/21 and the lounger 46/16. The seats are conceptualized for home assembly.
Once cut, polished and drilled, the wooden parts are simply put together using a cable tie.
Familie Binder was designed by Upper Austrian designers Clemens Bauder, Margit Greinocker, Michael Holzer, Magdalena Reiter, Klaus Michael Scheibl and Katja Seifert.
The furniture is designed according to open design guidelines. Therefore, the conceptual designs are publicly accessible and can be copied and further developed.
Familie Binder is happy to keep growing. If you design new offspring, please send us photos for addition to the family album to office@creativeregion.org.

a project by CREATIVE REGION Linz & Upper Austria
photos by Helga Traxler

Step 1: Materials

Step 2: Joints

Step 3: Cutting Patterns

Step 4: Drilling Plan

Step 5: Assembly Instructions

Step 6:

You can download a manual for all three furniture pieces here.



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    Your manual link is dead.

    A zip-tie bed/cot would be nice. For when a friend had too much to drink. Or when your in the dog house.


    A great find.
    Why only Furniture?
    I can see a lot of Structures and Gizmos made that way...
    Went to my Blog:

    This project reminds me of a designer by the name of Victor Papaneck (hopefully spelled corect) that published a book on cardboard furniture and all sorts of material to use for Nomad living. I think that was the name of the book actually "Nomad Furniture". Should be nice if it is still around.
    Johan Van Tonder

    hi johan, maybe we've been unconsciously inspired as victor papanek is also from austria (as we are). ;)

    I like your chair a olt and hope to make one soon.. with that said, i would offer that it could be stronger, if you substituted artificial sinew for the cable ties.this sinew is made of nylon and is customarily used in the lashing together of the wooden frameworks of skin on frame kayaks called baidarkas. in these, the sinew is laced back and forth and pulled very tight making an impressively strong joint. just do a little research into the making of these kayaks and you will see what i mean.

    thanks for the advice! i didn't know artificial sinews before but they look like i should give them a try!

    I guess you are thinking outside the box or something. Just not sure what the zip tie obsession is about. Have a grudge against screw manufacturers, and are boycotting them? If you have the tools and skills to cut wood at these angles and drill holes, how hard is it to drive in a few screws and make this a lot firmer? I just don't get the purpose of this whole instructable... ???

    hi btarry,
    we do like screws! the original purpose of the furniture was to assemble it together with people that usually do not have the possibilities to build stuff - maybe because they do not have the tools or a workshop, or simply because nobody ever taught them.
    we had only limited time for the workshops, so we prepared kits (the parts were already cut, drilled and ground). the people attending the workshop were painting the parts and assembling it (sometimes in a modified way, but usually the way we showed them).
    we have the impression, that usually people that do not have a lot of experience with building have also problems to understand the joints well - that's why we chose not to use screws, because they make the process more "intransparent", but something different they had to think about.
    the files we share are the original ones, but of course, if somebody does not like the look of the zip ties or thinks its not stable enough (it is though, if you use good quality zip ties), they can use screws as well. no prob. :)

    Needed some flush cutter cutters to finish it. Mine are blue point from the truck. They cut the cable tie to minimum without leaving a sharp burr. Nice chair.
    This idea has a lot of applications.