Industrial Facility w152
Industrial Facility w152 moves Swedish lighting company Wästberg into new territory: electronics in combination with light. Modern lighting has now become unrecognisable - no longer the subject of only electricity. Printed circuit boards, micro-chips and diodes are now staple ingredients, providing greater control, conserving energy and with longer lifespans. This transformation is a chance to establish new possibilities for the meeting point between light and electronics – that wherever light is supplied, power is often also required to charge our burgeoning devices. Industrial Facility's w152 is a lamp that also provides intelligent, universal power from three 3A USB outlets, detecting charging requirements and managing them at their fastest rate, however many devices are plugged in.
It is able to charge the latest generation of laptop computers. The lamp is available as freestanding, wall-mountable or integrated. The w152 illuminates and powers the office, the workshop, the library, the living room and the bedside table.
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 Design.
IF Hannover Gold Award, 2006
Japan G Mark Award, 2006
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
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