Modern technology is changing the way we view so many areas of our lives that it makes sense that it would affect the maker movement as well. As someone whose professional interests span across both fields, I’m intrigued to the synergistic benefits beginning to emerge. That’s certainly the case with modern home accessories site OTHR. Blending 3D printing, a love for sustainability and collaborations with some of the most creative makers, OTHR has created a stunning collection of modern, everyday items.
After exploring this collection and the thinking behind it, I think you agree with me: OTHR is a most-necesary step forward and a beautiful one at that. These modern home accessories should definitely find their way into your interior spaces. Enjoy this interview with the OTHR team and be sure to check out this exciting shop. FYI: Give yourself some time to explore. There is a ton to see: great products, designer interviews and more. Want to know my favorite item? Read on after the interview and I’ll tell you.
Over three years ago, Joe Doucet was fascinated by 3D printing and the technology’s potential. To experiment, he ordered an extremely low-res 3D printed metal fork that cost $250. Since then, the technology has increased to the point where we can create beautiful, hi-res objects in materials like steel, precious metals, and porcelain for a viable market price. We expect this pace to increase exponentially; and as technology increases, so will our ability to experiment with design, and to make these objects more accessible at different price points.
How do you find makers and artists to work with?
We are lucky to be able to select from the top tier of designers in the world. Our designers at launch were a carefully selected group of leading names; icons, friends and collaborators.
In addition to continually onboarding the best and most recognized names in design, we are also dedicated to launching newcomers with exceptional talent and promise. Often, we discover these newcomers online– a stunning portfolio and unique approach to design often begins the process of briefing and working with them. Again, we have the luxury of taking these risks without the burden of inventory.
By bringing together the world’s best designers and transformative technologies we create unique objects, made exclusively for you, with minimal environmental impact. – About the brand, OTHR
Sustainability seems to be a huge concern for you. How do you celebrate it with OTHR?
Because of Othr’s zero-inventory model, we are able to be sustainable in an entirely new way. We have no factories, no warehouses, and our production process eliminates excessive waste. At the same time that this method of manufacturing reduces our environmental footprint, it also gives added meaning to our designs. We are running counter to the culture of disposability and thoughtless consumerism; celebrating heirloom-quality items that will last for a long time and be passed down for generations to come.
Where do you see the OTHR project going in the future?
We have the great ambition to become the most important and relevant design brand from America since the mid-century movement. In the coming year, we’ll continue to expand our roster of world-class designers and produce objects at the same rapid pace, with a new product launch every two weeks. We have plenty of exciting collaborations coming up, and will be unveiling an entirely new platform that will change the way consumers interact with our objects. We hope our customers are as delighted as we are to come back regularly to see what is new from Othr.
OK, if the suspense hasn’t completely immobilized you yet, here’s my favorite item (as of today): The Perpetuum Calendar By Studio Yonoh. “Inspired by the architecture of the industrial boom, Perpetuum’s shape is a nod to the “sawtooth” roofs of factories built in the 1920s and 30s. The calendar’s 3D printed fabric base emulates the era’s move towards the synthetic, gracefully guiding an antiquated material into the 21st century.”
According to the designer:
Past, present and future collide in Studio Yonoh, founded by Clara del Portillo and Alex Selma in 2006. The two met as young designers; now, their studio captures the vibrant colors of the surrounding city within the workspace’s white walls and clean lines. This minimalism reflects Studio Yonoh’s Scandinavian influences— with, as Clara puts it, a little “Mediterranean daring” mixed in. Learn more about the designer here.
By using technologies such as 3D printing, we avoid having to create more objects than there are homes for. Our objects do not physically exist until you choose to own one–each is embedded with a unique number to reflect your participation in its creation.
We do not manufacture more than is needed, create excessive waste, or warehouse products. This greatly reduces our environmental footprint and gives true meaning to good design.