Industrial Facility
 
 

02

05

06

04

07

08

Project
Branca Chair

 

Client
Mattiazzi SpA, Italy

 

Production
2010 —

 

In 1978 the Italian brothers Nevio and Fabbiano Mattiazzi began their obsession with wooden furniture production. For thirty years they produced furniture rather anonymously for some of the great Italian brands and only recently started to collaborate with world designers to expose their expertise to a wider audience. Over the years they have kept their expertise and quality sharp by continually investing in the latest machinery, and by maintaining a craftsman's attitude overall.

Unlike many other Italian producers, the Mattiazzi brothers knew to keep all the facets of wood production under one roof.

By default, they have now become a rare company that is able to shape wood as if it were plastic while embracing ever-increasing challenges as their own form of R&D.

 

After several trips to Mattiazzi's factory, along with close discussions with their craftsmen, Industrial Facility continues to push Mattiazzi further into their exploration of robot-craftsmanship.

 

Branca is the result of a combination of highly complex parts (made possible with robotic machinery, most notably the eight-axis CNC milling machine which Mattiazzi is expert with), alongside simple traditional shaping and finishing by hand.

 

"The power of the robot, the repetition of the machine and the skills of the craftsmen already have synchronised relationships at Mattiazzi where each process is as carefully selected as the wood blocks that are to be shaped", says Hecht.

It was in conversations with his partner Kim Colin, that the focus was turned to nature, where complexity thrives with reason. Beauty is simply a result of constant growth. In particular, the branches of a tree were to provide the critical analogy for the project.

 

Like wooden branches on a tree, Branca is a chair that is familiar to the eye. We accept that branches support the joints of twigs and leaves at different points that may seem random but are in fact intentional.

 

Branca's back leg supports the critical joints of its armrest, seat and back, and is made from a single piece of wood produced robotically. The joints are seen as but a part of the seamless nature of the chair and its simple outline belies the complexity of production.

 

With no question, Branca has to hold all of the functional attributes we expect a chair to have in a modern condition - to be comfortable; to have armrests; to fit under a table; to be light enough to carry; and to stack for easy shipping. Branca is inspired by wooden branches that turn, twist, meet and branch off.

 


Awards

Furniture Design of the Year, Design Museum, 2011
Habitare Award, Helsinki, 2011

 

Permanent Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
V&A Museum, London

Finlandia Design Museum, Helsinki

Design Museum London

Exhibitions
New Simplicity, London, 2010
Power of Making, V&A Museum, London, 2011
Beijing International Design Triennial, 2011
Turn, Twist and Branch Off, Aram Store, London, 2011

GREAT, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul 2014

Family Matters, Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, 2015

 

Films

Branca, something of how they are made

 

Downloads

Branca Catalogue
Monitor Magazine

 

Further Reading

Domus Magazine
Details Magazine
The story of Mattiazzi

 

 

International Sales

UK: Made In Design

UK:TwentyTwentyOne
US: Herman Miller

 
 
 

09

02

03

04

06

05

07

10

08

Project

Tubo Chair

 

Client

TOG, Brasil

 

Production

2014 —

 

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.

 

Awards

Icon Award nomination 2014
Milan 2014 Best In Show, Metropolis Magazin

International Sales

TOG
 

Further Reading

Domus Magazine

ICON Magazin

 
 
 

02

03

07

04

05

06

08

Project

Branca Stool

Client
Mattiazzi, Italy

Production
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.

Exhibitions
Salone del Mobile, 2014
Retail Facility Pop-Up, London Design Festival, 2014

Family Matters, Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, 2015

 

Films

Branca, something of how they are made

 

Downloads

Branca Catalogue

 

Further Reading

Domus Magazine
The story of Mattiazzi

International Sales

US: Herman Miller
Worldwide: Mattiazzi

 
 
 

05

01

03

08

09

13

15

16

14

Project

Locale™ Office

 

Client

Herman Miller

 

Production

2013 - 

 

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


Awards

Good Design Award, Australia, 2015

Best of the Best, Büro Magazine, Germany, 2015

IDEA Gold Award, USA, 2014

Metropolis Award, USA, 2014

HIP Award, Chicago, 2014

Best of NeoCon Silver Award, Chicago, 2013

 

Films

Furniture for a Living Office

Locale™ by Herman Miller


Downloads 

Living Office™ Newspaper


International Sales

US: Herman Miller

 
 
 

02

03

Project

Locale™ Table Program
 

Client

Herman Miller
 

Production

2015 - 

 

The Locale table program is an independant and highly versatile series of tables. The table tops are available in round, soft-square and soft-rectangular shapes and in sizes that are relevant to individual or small-group use - through to meetings, dining and collaborative situations. All of the table versions can be ordered with wheels or feet. The table top design itself has been led by the material 'Solid-Core' - a highly dense and stable material that shares the same strength-to-weight ratio as glass, but with a warm temperature. This allowed us to apply an edge thickness of only 5mm, giving the impression of a 'surface' rather than a table. Table top finishes are also available in a powder-coated surface and laminates.

 

 

The bases are made from molded aluminium that maintain a simple and seamless segmented design, allow a large variety of base sizes with minimal construction. Different heights (standing, sitting and low sitting) of table are available, along with a height adjustable version.

Of particular note is the optional central grommet. This is a plastic component that sits flush at the centre of a Locale table and allows power to be present on the surface, alongside a tray that can accept Formwork storage accessories.

Awards

Best of NeoCon Silver Award, Chicago, 2013

IDEA Gold Award, USA, 2014

Metropolis Award, USA, 2014

HIP Award, Chicago, 2014

OnOffice Best Project, UK, 2014

Best of the Best, Büro Magazine, Germany, 2015

 

Downloads 

Living Office™ Newspaper


International Sales

US: Herman Miller