Industrial Facility

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Sam Hecht and Kim Colin’s world-renowned, London-based studio is one of the most influential in industrial design, and their work has enjoyed a global cult following thanks to its combination of simplicity and intellectual rigour.

Published by Phaidon, Industrial Facility’s first monograph presents all-new photography interspersed with candid conversations among key collaborators including Alain de Botton, Bruce Mau, Naoto Fukasawa, and Deyan Sudjic. Project notes describe the formation of many of their iconic designs, along with collected essays and lectures. The book concludes with a complete catalogue raisonné, showcasing more than 200 projects that together reveal Industrial Facility’s distinct clarity of vision. Art-direction by Paul Neale and Carole Courtillé of Graphic Thought Facility with photography by Angela Moore.

Industrial Facility was co-founded in 2002 by designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin. Their approach reflects both a thoughtful consideration of form and a unique understanding of contemporary life, creating beauty out of utility in the products, furniture, and exhibitions they design. Hecht, from London, trained as an industrial designer, while Colin, from Los Angeles, trained as an architect; together they have helped clients to produce projects that display an understanding of cultural relevance and commercial success.

They have collaborated with companies as diverse as Emeco, Issey Miyake, and Muji. The studio has won more than 50 international awards and its designs feature in numerous permanent collections including MoMA, SFMoMA, and the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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