DIY design resource Self-assembly recently published step-by-step instructions on how to make seven different chairs, including chairs designed by Enzo Mari, Max Lamb, Gerrit Rietveld, and Tord Boontje.
Self-assembly is a platform that encourages people to make their own replicas of iconic furniture designs instead of buying massed produced versions – reclaiming their purchasing power and the term “DIY” in the process. Self-production and critical thought on design, consumption, and production are encouraged through the instructions and the voices of designers who have championed the DIY movement themselves.
One section of Self-assembly’s website is dedicated to a list of chairs visitors are able to build. Along with the detailed instructions for each chair, the resource provides a material list, an estimate for how long each chair will take to build, and an estimated cost for materials, some as inexpensive as $20.
Another section of the website is a compilation of essays, manuals, excerpts, and books that all examine DIY furniture culture. Topics range from an essay on the history, development, and significance of DIY practices by Self-assembly founder Ian Anderson to instructions from Peter Stamberg to assemble a range of tables, chairs, couches, beds, and more by various designers.
Learn more about Self-assembly’s mission and the chairs available to build over on the platform’s website.
Photos by Self-assembly.