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Icon & The Global Platform for Locally Made Furniture*

* surely the Harry Potter title that got away

We are very proud to announce the recent coming together of Icon & Co

& the design & manufacturing phenomena that is Opendesk,

the online platform that is bringing designers, makers & customers together!

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They call it ‘Open Making’, the process whereby designers are provided a global distribution channel to showcase their designs.

This platform comes in the form of the Opendesk website, which allows designers & their products to connect with potential customers, with anyone looking for designer creations without the designer price tag.

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From Digital to Actual

This ‘digital fabrication’ bit is the essential crux of what makes Opendesk work; a designer in, say, Brazil can upload their digital designs to the website, & a customer in (oh, go on, lets say) south Wales can employ a maker in their local area to download the digital files & produce it for her. 

The customer pays the agreed price from which the maker gets paid, the designer gets a royalty percentage, & Opendesk themselves get a small amount to enable them to continue & expand what they do.

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Plugging for Wales

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Icon & Co are especially pleased that they are plugging what was a significant gap in the makers network that was Wales; we are currently the only Wales-based manufacturer on the digital books of this initiative, with the crucial qualification being our 3m x 2m bed-size CNC cutting machine.

That & our talented workforce.

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Carpentry for Hire

The clever bit, & where we come in, is that Opendesk also features a select database of makers (there also exists a broader database – FabHub – about which more later), vetted for both their essential carpentry skills & their capacity for digital fabrication.

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Eco-Friendly Alternative

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Its a beautifully egalitarian & simple proposition that provides a more social & eco-friendly alternative to mass-production, as well as an affordable way to buy custom made designer products.

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Reliable & Consistent

It is this CNC technology – the main technology being used by Opendesk products at this moment in time – that ensures any design can be downloaded, any number of times, in any location, & fabricated reliably & consistently in accordance with the designer’s vision.

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Icon & Co can now also be found on FabHub, a global directory for digital fabricators

& which links directly through to Opendesk.  Check out our profile!

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The range of furniture available is ever expanding, but for the time being there is an emphasis on work space items.

Ideal, then, if you’re looking to fit out a commercial office space but plenty of crossover appeal for the design conscious home office, too.

So if you think you might have a need for elegant, functional, contemporary design in your work life; at home or in your business (that’s all of us, right?), then take a look at the Opendesk website or get in touch with us directly, we’re always happy to answer any questions!

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