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Cantilever

 

Client

Yamaha, Japan

 

Production

2008 (not in production)

 

Cantilever was an electronic piano that used the qualities of synthetic material and minimal presence to counter any perception of inferiority in digital sound output, compared with the classical string piano. It represented a new typology that brought the electronic piano into modernity. Cantilever's two simple volumes could only be achieved with electronic components, and created a new type of form that started to give pride back to this type of product. Functionally, the top surface could be gently pushed back to reveal the piano keys, with the 89th key serving as a remote control for playback and navigation. 

The challenge in Industrial Facility's eyes was to strip away all metaphor and iconography that had previously plagued this type of product, and to create a digital piano on its own merits. The image of a faux grand piano was removed. What you were left with was the space to create something monumental on a digital level. Piano-ness is achieved not with image, but with feeling. Shortly after its public release Yamaha retreated from its development due to economic conditions.

 

Exhibitions

Salone Internationale del Mobile, Milan, 2008

 

Further Reading

Yamaha Design Exhibition, 2008

 
 
 

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Flower Pot Stand

 

Client

SZ Magazine, Germany

 

Production

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.

The design raises the familiar flower pot from its negligible existence on the ground, to a more graceful eye height without requiring alteration to the parts themselves.


Downloads

Instructions

 

Further Reading

SZ Magazine

 
 
 

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Plinth

 

Client

Established & Sons / V&A Museum

 

Production

2012

 

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.

Exhibitions

Bench Years, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2012

Interieur, Kortrijk, Belgium, 2011

 

Films

Bench Years

 
 
 

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V Tent

 

Client

Louis Vuitton

 

Production

2012

 

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.

 

Exhibitions

Wallpaper Handmade, Brioni, Milan, 2012

 

Further Reading

Wallpaper Handmade

 
 
 

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Cycle Shirt

 

Client

Margaret Howell, London

 

Production

2010 -

 

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. 

Exhibitions

Margaret Howell plus Sam Hecht, A Cycle Shirt, Margaret Howell, London, 2011

 

Films

Sam Hecht in interview with Disegno Magazine

 

Further Reading

Margaret Howell