The parametrically customisable benches were designed using software developed by studio milz. This software automatically generates the data to produce the designs using the Joyn Machine – a mobile milling machine developed by studio milz for machining standard wooden profiles. In this way, ordinary roof battens become self-assembly kits for furniture or smaller architecture in no time at all.
One of the specifications for the design of the benches was that it should be made of 34 x 34 mm wooden profiles, be extremely stable and be produced as quickly as possible. It should be possible for museum visitors to make a bench themselves in only 30 to 45 minutes. However, it turned out that the noise of the machine was unacceptable for a museum, so that the idea of bringing a manufacturing plant into the museum unfortunately remained a dream.
For the exhibition at the Futurium, furniture and a pavilion were fabricated with the Joyn Machine. The architectural design came from Patrick Bedarf. This short film shows the potential of the Joyn Machine emerging from the collaboration of different disciplines and actors.
Early experiments with the Joyn Machine showed the complexity of the parts it could create, but proved too time-consuming to be produced in short workshops. Therefore, the design of the benches had to rely on proven principles – wooden dowels!