It is urgent that we update our methods of production. They cannot exist any longer just to maximize efficiency or profits; instead production must address social and environmental viability.
We are a group of designers who believe that the future of production will be characterized by making things locally. We believe that there is a need for an alternative to the usual (industrial) way of producing goods. We believe in the rising of networks as the new and best generators of social and economic value. Finally, it’s a fact that producing locally means less shipping and therefore less pollution.
We designed some production lines in the city of Eindhoven, finding and connecting resources, materials and labor all found within a short bike ride, in order to make everyday objects: a hair dryer, a dressing table, a mirror, a lamp and a stool (production 1.0). The production 1.0 (beta) is released in open source on the system website, and serves as the starting point for an evolutionary process applied to objects.
The goal of SUPERLOCAL is to provide an open production database for making everyday objects, and thereby give creative and critical tools to people for re-creating their world.