2004 (not in production)
This project coincided with a pragmatic philosophy developed in the studio at the time and termed ‘voluntary simplicity’. Equipment attempted to break the notion that luxury means larger kitchen spaces with ever bigger appliances. Measuring 2.3m high by 1.6m wide, Equipment appeared as an oversized fridge-freezer yet it contained a small, compact kitchen. A purposefully straightforward, precise and contained appliance in and of itself, conceived as a single product rather than the agglomeration of several appliances.
Three cooking options were provided in Equipment – an electronic induction cook top, a microwave and a steam oven. Controls were located on a panel that slided in and out from the work surface. A dishwasher was engineered as part of a lower section of the sink and featured a 3-minute economic program.
Consistent with the philosophy of ‘voluntary simplicity’, the design of Equipment was very ‘matter of fact’, avoiding flamboyance and pretence. Flexible and multi-functional, this design addressed the main need of saving space for the user.
Red Dot Award, 2005
100% Design, London, 2004
The European Design Show, Design Museum London, 2005
InKitchen, Milan, 2005
Flower Pot Stand
SZ Magazine, Germany
2012 (not in production)
For the second edition of international DIY projects, commissioned by German national magazine SZ, Industrial Facility designed an elevated flower pot using affordable and locally available parts. Three garden stakes use the constrained tension between a terracotta flower pot and its base to keep the plant up. One stake is left longer as a place to attach a plant label. The stand can be used indoors and for outdoors, the terracotta base can be eliminated by pushing the stakes into a grass lawn.
Established & Sons / V&A Museum
Plinths I and II are made from Corian, a performance material usually associated with counter tops due to its durability, non-porosity and seamlessness. In this example the design uses the V&A museum courtyard as the context for the bench, rather than shaping material merely to make an isolated piece for visual interest. The two Plinths share the same design, but are of different heights and lengths; when placed together they create an opportunity for people to complete the sculpture.
Bench Years, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2012
Interieur, Kortrijk, Belgium, 2011
Originally developed for the Wallpaper Handmade project, the V Tent is a collaboration with Louis Vuitton whose origins were in the service of travel. In fact, in its early history Louis Vuitton provided tents for explorers with function and quality as prerequisites for their success. For this commission, Industrial Facility revisited the Tent by referencing early Viking tents, and early Louis Vuitton bags. Both shared simple fabric constructions with the tents often involving a roof attached to the entrance. With the V Tent, the entrance is on the long side that can be lifted up to extend shelter – supported by a wooden pole. The result is a traditional construction, but with small alterations and details that re-interpret the Tent typology.
Wallpaper Handmade, Brioni, Milan, 2012
Margaret Howell, London
Cycle Shirt is a collaboration between clothing designer Margaret Howell and Industrial Facility.
The designers share a similar approach to design, paring away the inessential to find the purely useful, and shaping it with character through detail. Margaret Howell says 'Shirts are like people, a simple basic form, but with infinite variations of detail that make individuality. The life of a piece of clothing starts with its purpose, and its character lies in the details.'
The intention was clear from the start, that the shirt should reflect the busy and urban experiences of Sam Hecht, who spends most of his time on two wheels. The idea to create back pockets came up after investigating historic cycle racing jerseys which had a pocket for maps. This idea was translated into tailoring, turning up the tail of a classic shirt to create a divided pocket. The outcome was a pale blue cotton shirt, pre-washed, with minimal front detailing. An extra pocket on the left sleeve holds a travel card.