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Some Recent Projects

 

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Design Museum London, UK

 

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2008

 

Curated by Gemma Curtin this was Industrial Facility's first exhibition within the UK. It covered the studios designs and their position in the landscape of life, exploring how it has pushed the boundaries of materials and methods. Two simultaneous exhibitions were presented. 'Some Recent Projects' focused on recent works. 'Under a Fiver' presented almost 100 objects from around the world, collected and edited from the past 15 years, that influenced the studio's thinking, and brought into question the very nature of what we consume. Exhibition graphic design and signage were executed by Graphic Thought Facility. A bookshelf at the entrance to the exhibitions doubled as a practical means of storing and dispensing the gallery guide, while also acting as a surface for the title graphic for both shows.

Exhibitions

Now! Design Vivre, Paris

 

Further Reading

Graphic Thought Facility

 
 
 
Beauty as unfinished business
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Beauty as unfinished business


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Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne, France


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Invited by general curators Benjamin Loyauté and Elsa Francès, Industrial Facility curates and designs the exhibition entitled ‘Beauty as unfinished business’ at the ninth Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne in France.

A carefully selected group of recently produced objects by international designers and manufacturers are gathered and arranged in a special exhibition design. ‘The people and the environment in combination with objects and their use, creates an atmospheric energy in space and time. This relationship between a product and its context is perhaps as close as we could describe the creation of beauty.'

Describing the exhibition, Hecht and Colin write ‘It is difficult to singularly locate just where beauty resides in a product: is it in its making, its use, its form or its cultural relevance? Or is it that beauty is found in the equilibrium of all of these things?'

The exhibition pavilion is a series of rooms that create an imagined architectural context for the objects. The objects are arranged and lit to form a dialogue. Each room gives space generously to the objects so that little else is seen in the viewer's periphery. Around the entire pavilion is a field of ropes that give an intimacy to each room, yet also allow visitors to enter and exit anywhere.



‘Beauty in products is essentially to do with the age-old unity of material and function. However, there is a spatial dimension that is also very necessary and rarely ever addressed: The product must be experienced within a context that arouses something in us. This ‘something’ happens when we look beyond the thing itself, beyond its own space, to something much bigger than ourselves.’

 
 
 

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Issey Miyake Kiosk

 

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Issey Miyake Parfums, France

 

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The kiosk project for Issey Miyake Parfums sets perfumery inside a more solid, receptive and also mutable environment. The display is an exercise in balance, where permanence is offset by lightness and movement. The design used the historical context of market stalls to provide a simplistic approach to the function of selling, rather than the ephemeral and aesthetic that are often the staring point for this type of project. Each functional element of stock, wrapping, transaction and display are visible and inform the whole design. The result is that the interaction between beauty consultant and customer is now on the same level - rather than from behind a counter. The design was first launched at Galleries Lafayette in 2009, and from its success has now been rolled out globally.

 
 
 

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Issey Miyake Display

 

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Issey Miyake Parfums, France

 

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The kiosk project for Issey Miyake Parfums was accompanied by a design program for the method of displaying products. The feeling generated was of a curated collection of items. Box displays, perfume stands, test placements, and trays were combined to create a fresh and informal presentation. The designs were first launched at Galleries Lafayette in 2009, and from its success have now been rolled out globally.

 
 
 

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The Artist and Engineer

 

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Intramuros, France

 

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This exhibition put the two radically different approaches of Ron Arad and Sam Hecht together under the title The Artist and Engineer. It resulted in a two-tiered exercise: Ron Arad’s spatial calligraphy alongside Sam Hecht’s more intimate writing. The supple shapes of Ron Arad’s furniture put ideas and design foremost, whilst Sam Hecht’s rigorous and critical approach is applied to the standard formalism associated with mass consumerism, his preferred field of creativity.

Philippe Boisselier’s exhibition design, in collaboration with the designers, placed the work of each opposite one another – a podium for Ron Arad, and a window display for Sam Hecht – furniture and objects presented on the same level that showed the blurred lines between activities linked to research and creation. The designers met again when Ron Arad, professor at the Royal College of Art, asked Sam Hecht to form a teaching platform in 2009.

 

Exhibitions

Now! Design Vivre, Paris