Designer Spotlight: OTHR

OTHR is a design brand offering unique 3D-printed objects for around the home, formed by Joe Doucet, Dean Di Simone, Evan Clabots, David Parnes, Kate McTigue, Catherine Compagna, Michael Carnevale and Brian Ornduff.

Who exactly are OTHR?

Black Ornament

OTHR has been made with the belief in surrounding people with fewer and better things. Othr run on the concept of bringing together the world’s best designers and transformative technologies, and creating unique objects, with minimal environmental impact.

Original creator, Joe Doucet’s goal was to create products that are highly refined, useful and unique. The production time is shortened from over a year to two months and nothing exists until you buy it – there is no waste.

The name, an shortening of the word Other, was chosen because Doucet says, "ours is an entirely new model that doesn't fit traditional categories," as mentioned in The Telegraph.

How was OTHR formed?

Gold Knife

Three years ago, OTHR founder Joe Doucet, an award-winning New York-based industrial designer, ordered a 3D printed fork for $250 mentioned in a article. ‘The quality was terrible, but it was a fork, a finished product,’ he says. Doucet did some quick math and according to Moore’s law, the magic year that 3D printing would be at its optimal point of viability to launch a company was 2016. In 2014, Doucet became serious about the idea, acquired some capital and built a modest sized team with Dean DiSimone, founder of Tender Creative, Evan Clabots of Fab, and David Parnes as OTHR’s chief operating officer.

He then started prudently recruiting the best designers in the world, such as Philippe Malouin, Brad Ascalon, Fort Standard, Claesson Koivisto Rune and Sebastian Bergne. ‘I wanted to set the tone for what people could expect from OTHR,’ Doucet says to Wallpaper.

OTHR’s 3D Printing Concept

Cake Slicer

As well as using technologies like 3D printing, OTHR products are made in resources such as steel and porcelain. They do not have to construct items in a distant country and ship across the world to get the finished product. They are, however, dependent on designers to come up with unique ideas and create products that are “really worthy of existence”.

The production process also leaves little waste and no excess inventory, as nothing is created until an order is placed for it. Every OTHR product must be useful, aesthetic and unique.

Check out the designer’s background information here.