TOG is an innovative furniture company that plans to build a community, combining industry with craftsmanship, technology and humanity. The company is the brainchild of Brazilian industrial group Grendene, with Philippe Starck as its Creative Director.
The foundation of TOG is to create a virtuous and unique sales system where the customer has the freedom to enjoy the distinguished design piece 'naked' - as proposed by the company and designer - or to apply their own personal mix of finishes and colors through a large platform of local craftsman. In the case of Tubo, we set out to create an advanced and economically viable recycled PET molding process, by working with the source of the raw material itself, that can then be freely customised.
The collection consists of chair with a variety of bases, along with working tables and mobile shelving. The chairs themselves are made from molded PET that is created from a raw blanket material formed from recycled platic bottles that would normally find their way into the waste stream. After a year of testing and analysis, a steel tool was developed that economically ‘polymerises’ and seals the PET into a semi-rigid shell. The shell is then supported by a spring steel exoskeleton that allows for comfort and movement.
Icon Award nomination 2014
In 2009 Mattiazzi – a leading Italian producer of wooden furniture – released the influential Branca Chair – the all-wood, stacking armchair produced with the best of robotic manufacturing with hand-finishing. It went on to win the Design of the Year for Furniture in 2011 and is now included in the Permanent Collections of the Design Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Finlandia Design Museum, Helsinki; and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
To allow free movement at stool height, the seat is soft and open from 270 degrees. The backrest is small and reassuring, providing a backstop and a place to hang a jacket. The metal curved footrest replicates the outline of the seat.
The Branca Stool was first previewed by Mattiazzi at the Salone del Mobile 2014 and is now available after passing stringent quality controls and BIFMA standards. Stools are available in natural and coloured Ash (Anilin Black, Anilin White, Anilin Branca Green and Natural Ash) with a powder-coated footrest and a seat height of 760mm.
The Branca Stool continues the trajectory of tree branches seamlessly bending and meeting; it is also inviting and comfortable, yet skeletal in its formation.
Salone del Mobile, 2014
Retail Facility Pop-Up, London Design Festival, 2014
Family Matters, Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, 2015
Locale is an intelligent office furniture system that previewed at NeoCon 2013 as part of Herman Miller’s Living Office™.
Locale enables the creation of dynamic, high-performance work neighborhoods within open-plan environments. A composition of Locale elements encourages the free and intuitive shift from individual work to collaborative and social activities, and drives serendipitous interaction.
The subtle curvature of Locale’s surfaces signals openness, invites interaction, and generously accommodates multiple collaborators, work styles and tools. People move and change positions naturally around cantilevered surfaces.
With the addition of height adjustability, a push of a paddle allows an individual to sit down for focused work or stand up to collaborate with colleagues.
Adjustability is not limited to surface height—mobile tables, screens, and easels can be utilized as the need arises.
By easing physical and experiential transitions, Locale’s consistent and thoughtful design vocabulary contributes to a more seamless total experience of work.
“We often talk about how social networks behave given current technology, where close relationships are not based on physical proximity, but instead on similarity of purpose or interest. You might make an alliance in a social network with someone who is very far away but very close to you in other ways. They are great spatial condensers in this respect. Locale is a physical manifestation of this principle, where the most relevant participants are kept close and communication is fast and frequent.” Kim Colin
“One could argue that collaboration is a buzzword right now, that somehow it might go away, but we think this is unimaginable. People are collaborating globally, empowered by digital networks, but the most ambitious businesses still need productive, collaborative physical environments. The offices we visited during our research—places where people want to work—are open-plan, transparent, and energetic.” Sam Hecht
Best of NeoCon Silver Award, Chicago, 2013
IDEA 2014 Gold Award, USA, 2014
Metropolis 2014 Award, USA, 2014
HIP Award, Chicago, 2014
Radice is a three-legged wooden stool, the result of Industrial Facility’s second collaboration with Italian furniture producer Mattiazzi.
Unlike many other Italian producers, Mattiazzi keeps all the facets of wood production under one roof. By default, they have become a rare company that is able to shape wood as if it were plastic, while embracing ever-increasing challenges through their own R&D. Industrial Facility have continued to push Mattiazzi further into the exploration of robot-craftsmanship – following on from their first collaboration with the Branca Chair.
Radice finds its underlying beauty and simplicity in its structure. It is the bringing together of the front-half of a traditional 4-legged stool with a single back leg – the root. It is a visual improvisation, where two things come together unexpectedly.
“Radice has some tension in its form and it is a slight surprise that the third leg works as well as it does to resolve the overall structure. It is in some ways structurally diagrammatic, yet is made comfortable visually and physically because of how this third leg supports the seat,” says Sam Hecht.
The backrest is small and reassuring, allowing a coat or handbag to rest on it; and the seat is open for large and small people. It is light both visually and in weight and uses no screws or metal fittings, yet also passes stringent BIFMA standards ensuring it is structurally sound, stable and reliable. The wood stain options for Radice are based on the cycle of an autumn leaf turning colour.
Radice is available in 650mm (stool height) and 450mm (chair height).
Finishes: Ash - Available in Natural, Black, Branca Green, Red, and Yellow mustard; Natural Oak
Optional seat cushions: Leather and Kvadrat Steelcut Trio
Serial Beauty, Biennale Saint-Étienne, France, 2015
Family Matters, Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, 2015