2. Cloning objects

How can an object control its own reproduction?

The information surrounding the production of a typical product tends to be quite guarded: plans and techniques are protected by patent and “owned” as the intellectual property of a single company or manufacturer. Cloning Objects presents an alternative scenario in which a collection of products are each embedded with all of the information needed for their own reproduction. Scanning the object with a software interface allows a user to “inspect” the components of an object, revealing the digital 3D-definition, files for reproduction with digital fabrication tools, information and schematics for electronic components, and the source-code for any software used to control the object. Distributing this information within the objects allows them to be reproduced and distributed without a structured, formal network. The autonomous objects and their components are made accessible on an individual level, and can be freely shared, modified, and redistributed.

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1. Programming objects

What if objects were produced the way open source software is developed?

Creating software has become a flexible, collaborative, and adaptable process: projects develop as code is openly shared, reviewed, adapted, and distributed. Simultaneously, home appliances are increasingly dependent on inflexible standards of production leading to a lack of reparability, less adaptability, and more waste. With affordable technologies of digital manufacturing and electronic platforms, translating code into matter is becoming possible for everyone. Programming object thus seek to bring open source software practices into the world of (open hardware)appliances. Moving away from a top-down approach from corporation to consumer, to one where objects are designed, developed, and produced democratically within open communities.


Hacking Households is an ongoing collaboration between independent designers exploring alternatives to the current state of the production of everyday things. The project was conceived for the BIO 50 Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia through a collaboration of seven designers, artists, programmers and engineers. “Programming Objects” was presented at BIO50 in 2014. Hacking Households was extended with “Cloning Objects”, developed by Leonardo Amico, Thibault Brevet, Jesse Howard, and Tilen Sepic. The project was presented during the 2015 Dutch Design Week and made possible through support from Timelab Ghent, and the Creative Industries Fund NL.



In No Particular Order, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, October 17 - 25 2015
Adhocracy 2.0, Athens, Greece, April 29 - July 5 2015
Atelier Clerici, Milan, April 14 - 19 2015
BIO50, 24th Bienalle of Design, Ljubljana Slovenia Sept 18 - Dec 12 2014


Leonardo Amico
Thibault Brevet
Coralie Gourguechon
Jesse Howard
Jure Martinec
Nataša Muševič
Tilen Sepič