The appearance, characteristics, and practical value of a product are decided in the process of making it. The first room
of the MAK DESIGN LAB is dedicated to the requirements and pathways of production.
The thematic area is divided into three topics: industrial, alternative and artistic production. One dimension touches on
all three of these: handiwork as the origin and foundation of every type of production. A large number of the objects in the
remaining rooms of the MAK DESIGN LAB represent achievements of craftsmanship.
Nowadays industrial production can be considered to be the norm. The Industrial Revolution brought with it mass production
through the use of machines. While craftsmanship is characterized by design and production being done by the same person,
with industrial production, these tasks became decoupled. A new sector came into being: industrial design.
The topic area Alternative Production focuses on approaches that serve as a counterpoint to industrial production. The concept
of design is expanded, accepted views of growth and mass production are questioned.
The search for alternatives allows designers to move closer to artistic strategies. Questions instead of answers and open-ended
experiments are characteristic of artistic approaches. While designers can never completely lose sight of practical value,
contemporary artists seek the freedom to explore various possibilities for incorporating production as a topic in their own