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Project
Picturemate Printer

 

Client
Epson Japan

 

Production
2006 —

 

Representing a significant shift in design approach for Epson, Industrial Facility created a small home printing unit that is portable and beyond being a peripheral to computers. With liberating features such as battery power, integrated handle, and adjustable LCD screen, it takes up a sympathetic position for domestic use, rather than merely migrated office machinery. Photo printers tend to be used occasionally, with most of their time spent in a state of idleness. For any manufacturer, that realisation can be hard to swallow, but Epson accepted it. The lid acts both as a protective cover and a paper tray. The paper exit door reveals camera card inputs.

Compact, simple, storable and not shouting for attention, the design went on to become the first Epson production printer to be designed by an outside design company, and one of their most successful. Its production continues to this day, some 6 years after its introduction.

Designed in Collaboration with Epson Japan.

 

Awards

IF Hannover Gold Award, 2006

Japan G Mark Award, 2006

 

Permanent Collections

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

 

Exhibitions

Some Recent Projects, Design Museum London, 2008

Margaret Howell, London, 2011

Found, Made, Thought, Israel Museum, 2005

Love & Money Ozone Gallery, Tokyo, 2006

International Design Biennale, Saint-Etienne, 2006

 
 
 

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Project
View Projector

 

Client
Epson Japan

 

Production
2006 (not in production)

 

A productive relationship with Epson Japan led to the proposal to consider the combination of an LCD projector with an integral DVD player. It was clear that LCD projectors, unlike their forebears, had been so successful in their formation of a typology – becoming lost boxes in a world of changing lifestyles. The project was really about transforming what was initially business equipment into a useful tool for the home environment. Even more so, the integral DVD player and speakers, meant that it had no need to rely on other euipment to function. A white wall and an electrical outlet is all that is required.

Its design reference was obvious – that of cine projectors, partly because of making the LCD projector upright rather than flat. The result was a product that felt as though it was meant to play movies, giving some pride and enjoyment through its use. Seeing the spinning DVD also contributed to the ‘atmosphere’ of playing a film.

Designed in collaboration with Epson Design.

 

Exhibitions
Some Recent Projects, Design Museum London, 2008

Margaret Howell, London, 2011

Found, Made, Thought, Israel Museum, 2005