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13 Jun


DMY Maker Lab

June 13, 2010 | By |

Yesterday I visited DMY Berlin, one of Berlin’s leading design festivals. In this post I’d like to share a few impressions.

This year, DMY was held at the recently-closed airport Tempelhof, so needless to say the architecture there is quite a backdrop for a design festival. (Check out what Flickr has to offer on Tempelhof.)

I was there primarily to check out the DMY Maker Lab, an area of DMY focused on Open Design.

DMY Maker Lab Trailer from KS12 on Vimeo.

It was initiated by a a loose network called Open Design Berlin, a bunch of folks doing everything from laser cutting to 3D printing to silk screening and much, much more. More than anything, the whole scene reminded me of a mix between a workshop and a playground, and I guess those metaphors both fit in a sense.

Long story short: I asked Michelle Thorne to briefly explain what the Maker Lab is all about; and then asked Christopher Doering and Mendel Heit to say a few words about cooking bioplastic. Below you’ll find a very quick & dirty edit of the video:

DMY Maker Lab from thewavingcat on Vimeo.

The video only covers a tiny fraction of what was going on at the Maker Lab, both in terms of tinkering and people, but alas, there you go. I didn’t even get around to look at the printing, screening, photo booth, food stuff and what not. Nor did I manage to talk to many of the folks as I had to run, and that’s really a pity. As those kinds of loose networks go, they tend to be very diverse and not to have one voice but many. So this video can only hope to give a glimpse.

(My apologies for the poor quality. If anyone wants to re-edit the material, feel free to download the files from my Vimeo channel here, here and here.)

But there was more to discover than the Maker Lab. Some random finds I noticed and found interesting, in no particular order, but worth checking out: nobrand, an Argentinian design studio that works strongly with Argentina’s national icons. The (Un)limited Design Contest where you can win a 3D printer. (The real stuff.) A whole group of Taiwanese designers and design students which pretty much all amazing. The KeepCup, a decent take on re-usable to go cups. The really intense YLWT // Your Sins (-) Our Virtues. And of course the gorgeous installation “for those who see” by Daniel Schulze:

DMY Berlin: Daniel Schulze “For Those Who See” from thewavingcat on Vimeo.

(All designers are listed here.)

To finish off, a few random pics I took while at DMY:


  1. Hi Peter!

    Thanks for this great post about the Maker Lab! Please consider adding your flickr photos to our photo pool!


  2. Done!

  3. bummer. totally missed that due to being in NRW. had to weigh bertelsmann against DMY. sadly, dmy lost.