Erik Theodor Danciu

Profession: Classical Violinist & Physical Entrepreneur

Project: FamilyTreeBook

Based in: Copenhagen

Platform Member: Maker


FamilyTreeBook is a product suitable for everyone: For the child who wants to learn about their origins in a fun and engaging way, the young hobbyist who enjoys building something intricate and aesthetic by hand, and for all the families who have lacked an easy-to-use and highly customizable method of storing their family memories and of preserving their family tree. It’s a uniquely beautiful product, locally produced and environmentally friendly, that can be passed onto future generations to continue building upon.

FamilyTreeBook reminds us of the essential interconnectivity between all humans and nature. For each family member a tree seed is included which can be planted to remember and honor that person and, at the same time, to do something good for the environment. The product is made of recycled cardboard, vegan materials and locally grown wood. A percentage of each sale is donated to plant trees in the country(s) from which the materials are sourced, highly deforested areas, as well as to local families and children in need.

Whether we use the FamilyTreeBook to teach our newest family members about their ancestors, for passing on not-to-be-forgotten family stories to future generations or simply to remind ourselves of where we come from, it is a product that the whole family can gather around in celebration of their heritage. 

FamilyTreeBook is a project I have worked on for many years and that is especially close to my heart. I am so excited to be chosen as one of the winners of CALL FOR DESIGN – DISTRIBUTED DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE and I hope that the professional guidance I will get in the workshops will help me finalize some of the prototypes and prepare the product for market.

During the summer school Erik have developed an open source and DIY version of the FamilyTreeBook targeting children.