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Familie Binder - stool by Margit Grein�cker & Katja Seifert

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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
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Step 2: Joints

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Step 3: Cutting Pattern

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Step 4: Assembly instructions

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You can download a manual for all three furniture pieces here.
JimTheSoundman11 months ago
I don't understand, is this Ikea for homeless people?
FirstSpear1 year ago
Obvious, now you point it out. Brilliantly simple idea, and many more uses than furniture - I'm thinking garden frames/whatever, where the plastic won't rot or rust as glue and metal fixings do. Concerning comments about the ties scratching, it wouldn't be difficult to cut/grind/sand grooves along the ties' paths to allow the ties to sit flush.
i downloaded the pdf thanks to you. bloody shame it's in german though, but i'm sure it won't be too difficult to follow with the diagrams. thanks for posting this!
uh... sorrry, i didn't intend to link to the german file... here is the the english version http://www.creativeregion.org/familiebinder/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/FamilieBinder_CC-BY-SA_english_2013.pdf
lmao ok thanks, that'll help a lot more.
ptsal1 year ago
Awesome, I'm gonna make these!
ptsal ptsal1 year ago
ignore the zip tie haters.
magdalenareiter (author)  ptsal1 year ago
:D
ptsal ptsal1 year ago
I think they left the tails on for illustration.
chuckyd1 year ago
I don't understand the need for two sets of legs.
mhill1 year ago
I like this - my add with the cable ties is to get then pointing to the inside as much as possible. Even with flush cutters the ends will stick out just enough to scratch bare skin.
But a good ideal none the less.
the tail stubs are easily trimmed flush with a small sharp blade.
Very artsi. Love the way the ties are left on, actually!
This is very good.

My main concern, is that while many joints and devices are fine in pure vertical loading etc., such as sitting down, directly on to it, that the cable ties, when used in joints and framing that are subject to diagonal loading, such as sitting down, and coming in sidewards at the same time, that the seat may be quite prone to failure.

The other thing, is that cable ties, were designed to "tie cables" - and while the really big ones make excellent hand cuffs, some brands of cable ties, use inferior plastics and designs - that literally do fall apart when pulled tight.

As a structural engineer, and as a designer of furniture myself, I am not saying it's wrong to use cable ties, and to experiment, but using NON structural components, as structural jointing systems, I think, could result in failure and possible injury.

While the previous writer did follow up with a comment to this effect, his initial response was, "I think the point of this is to make extremely simple furniture that even non woodworkers like me could produce. Eliminating nails, glue, and clamps would help a lot to achieve this goal."

Well there is a very good reason why people use bolts, glue, screws, clamps, drill holes, and gusset plates etc...

It's because they work - and cable ties don't.

The only time that cable ties could be done, is in the format of stitching long joints together, and not as ties in pivotal joints.

psmith211 year ago
I think the point of this is to make extremely simple furniture that even non woodworkers like me could produce. Eliminating nails, glue, and clamps would help a lot to achieve this goal. Although it would be cool as heck to have a chair that holds together with the weight of the sitter, I imagine this would take more elaborate cuts than the simple ones shown here.

One more advantage I could see with this design is that it breaks down relatively easily for transport to your campsite and would be a fun, simple project for your kids to put together at the campsite.

But I wholeheartedly agree, those tails need to be trimmed.

They are so cool! Thanks!