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Branca Table

 

Client

Mattiazzi, Italy

 

Production

2010 -

 

The furniture range designed for Mattiazzi includes, apart from the Branca chair, a corresponding table, complementing the overall statement intended by Industrial Facility. In both pieces the design process was strongly influenced by the merging of elaborate craftsmanship with robotics. The Branca table employs a similar language as its accompanying chair, it evolves from the intention to provide a soft and inviting surface, supported by four natural ash legs. To overcome the solidity of the legs a chamfer is cut, starting 2/3 of the way down. Available in 2 sizes, the Branca chairs can slip comfortably underneath the table or rest on top of it if necessary, for floor cleaning. In 2012 a solid ash top was also introduced to the collection.

Awards

Furniture Design of the Year, Design Museum, London, 2011

 

Permanent Collections

Design Museum London, London

Finlandia Design Museum, Helsinki

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

 

Exhibitions

Turn, Twist and Branch Off, Aram Store, London, 2011

 

Films

Branca, something of how they are made

 

Downloads

Branca Catalogue

Monitor Magazine 

 

Further Reading

Domus Magazine

The Story of Mattiazzi

 

International Sales

UK: Made In Design

US: Herman Miller

 
 
 

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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

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

 
 
 

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Radice Stool

 

Client
Mattiazzi, Italy

 

Production
2013 —

 

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

 

Films

RETAIL FACILITY Radice

 

Downloads

Mattiazzi Catalogue 2013


Further Reading

Mattiazzi

International Sales

 
Milia Shop

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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Wireframe Sofa Group

 

Client

Herman Miller, USA

 

Production

2013 -

 

Wireframe is a thoughtful and contemporary addition to Herman Millers recently relaunched ‘Collection’ series of furniture. It uses a structure made from metal wire to hold its soft and contoured cushions. Wired frames have a long heritage at Herman Miller, because they have the ability to create large structures that are light to move and strong in all directions. A versatile sofa was to be created, that is soft in appearance and where cushions were held in place by its structure. The wired frame allows it to be half the weight of a typical sofa, making movement, transportation and adjustment simple and relevant to today’s transient lives. It also means a smaller and less wasteful package to arrive to the customer.

There is a separation of upholstery and structure, allowing for easy maintenance that continues the legacy of lifetime repair and care that Herman Miller has pioneered. During the development of the project Industrial Facility had the opportunity to employ in the sofa structure a suspension technology called the ‘super-seat’, where a stretched molding creates a trampoline effect. It was previously used in the Nala Harmonic Tilt medical chair. The technology provides Wireframe with specific comfort, softness and support across its length. Wireframe is available in one, two and three seater versions.

 

Structure: White Flat or Black Flat

Cushions: Kvadrat Steelcut Trio; Kvadrat Remix; Black Leather; Brown Leather; and all Herman Miller Fabrics


Awards
Design Guild Award, 2014

Further Reading

The Method Case

Herman Miller Why

International Sales
Herman Miller

 
 
 

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Alumi Chair

 

Client

Tectona, France

 

Production

2013

 

Following our advanced study of wood for the creation of the Branca chair, we decided to investigate a different material - in particular aluminium - for an outdoor chair to be produced by Tectona. Aluminium is a perfect material for the outdoors; it is lightweight, non-corroding and can be shaped easily. For the design's starting point, we looked at public handrails on stairways - their size and proportion - which led to the oversized legs forming the armrests. These legs are made from an extrusion process that allows the chair to be stackable and affordable.

After countless studies of connections and profiles, the result is a chunky yet very light chair that also admittedly makes a nod to the legendary Landi Chair designed by Hans Coray.

 

Alumi is available in Black Matt; Copper Brown Matt; Olive Green Matt; Olive Yellow Matt

 

Films

RETAIL FACILITY Alumi Chair

 

International Sales
Tectona