When most people think of the word ‘frugal’, manufacturing their own silverware and flatware using household appliances and items found around the apartment don’t usually come to mind. When it comes to conceptual experiments in small scale manufacturing however, that’s a different story. Using everything from a disassembled embroidery hoop as a rotating cast in the washing machine to a blender as a lathe, design student David Steiner re-imagines what it means to not only design and manufacture ‘in house’ but also, ‘with house‘.

(In House) Manufacturing

“In House is the documentation of making a collection of pieces using domesticated manufacturing techniques. It uses the architecture, appliances and materials found within my small home to create an even smaller factory. I have replicated processes such as rotational casting by using the washing machine, brake pressing using the door and steam bending using the microwave, with the language of the objects defined by these parameters.”
-Designer David Steiner

Starting with a natural interest in the rotating properties of a washing machine, the conceptual journey that David takes us on is certainly one that will make you re-think the potential of every appliance and object in your home:

img_9324In House Collection

david steiner in house toolstools

david steiner bake light (door folded baking trays)lampshade: made from baking trays, scissor cut and door and cupboard folded, joined with elastic bands

mixer thrown cupcup: sugar paste thrown on the mixer pottery wheel

bowl (washing machine rotational cast)bowl: rotational cast in the washing machine using an embroidery hoop and notice board frame, with polypropylene mould

plate detailplate: cast in embroidery hoop mould with polythene backing

david steiner in house small settingsmall place setting

cardboard cast cutlerycutlery and bottle opener: pewter cast in cereal box moulds

cork pinch pots (wax crayon finished)pinch pots: notice board cork turned on blender lathe and finished with wax crayon

ruler plus traytray: wooden rulers, blender sanded and microwave steam bent

ruler tray detailtray detail

(Images via David Steiner/In House)


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.