A picture frame that grew out of a Chicago Ideas Week event launched Tuesday on Kickstarter, part of a local design group’s efforts to boost manufacturing here.
DesignHouse, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and grow local manufacturing through design. Their idea, REVEAL, is a simple take on a photo frame. The anodized aluminum frame makes it easy to display your favorite digital photos by featuring perforations where users can insert or remove printed images quickly.
Since digital photos no longer require protection behind glass, the frame addresses this with a simple flat-pack, glassless design. The product comes in two sizes – 4×6 or 4×4 inch – and is available in three finishes.
The reason this campaign is so unique is that most designers come up with an idea, develop a concept and then look for a manufacturer. However, DesignHouse starts by finding a manufacturer, learning what they do best and designing a range of products that support their capabilities. The organization hosts hands-on ideation sessions, coined design jams, and encourages participation from the local community.
In this case, SKOL Manufacturing (who is located just across the Metra tracks from us), is the manufacturer behind this concept. Their capabilities include punching, bending, welding and finishing metal.
The funds raised for the campaign will enrich the local economy. To support REVEAL, visit their Kickstarter page here.