Self-assembly Gives DIY Instructions on How to Build 7 Modern Chairs

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.

Two by Two Chair by Ian Anderson

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.

Two by One Chair by Ian Anderson

Two by One Chair by Ian Anderson

Sedia 1 Chair by Enzo Mari

Sedia 1 Chair by Enzo Mari

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.

DIY Chair by Max Lamb

DIY Chair by Max Lamb

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.

Hempcrete Stool by Ian Anderson

Hempcrete Stool by Ian Anderson

Crate Chair by Gerrit Rietveld

Crate Chair by Gerrit Rietveld

Rough and Ready Chair by Tord Boontje

Rough and Ready Chair by Tord Boontje

Learn more about Self-assembly’s mission and the chairs available to build over on the platform’s website.

Photos by Self-assembly.