Furniture, Homewares

Tom Kundig Collection Revisited

Words by Carl MH Barenbrug

Tom Kundig Collection for Olson Kundig

Minimalissimo invites you to revisit a project launched in 2012. A true contemporary gem that highlights a unique approach to architecture and furniture design and how we experience material details.

The Tom Kundig Collection is a hardware and home furnishings line that grew out of Tom Kundig’s longstanding interest in crafting intimate, human-scaled experiences within architecture. It is a celebration of the moments when people become kinetically engaged with the buildings and spaces they inhabit. Each piece in the collection is crafted and finished by hand, reminding us of the simple beauty found in the architectural elements we touch every day.

Tom Kundig Collection for Olson Kundig
Tom Kundig Collection for Olson Kundig
Tom Kundig Collection for Olson Kundig

The line represents my interest in a holistic approach to architecture. There’s often an assumption that architecture is about larger, more flamboyant responses, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I believe an authentic architectural experience operates on both a macro and a micro-scale. I’m interested in the smaller‑scale element of touch because it contributes to the overall experience of architecture.

Tom Kundig Collection for Olson Kundig
Tom Kundig Collection for Olson Kundig
Tom Kundig Collection for Olson Kundig

The collection initially consisted of 25 small-scale steel pieces, including cabinet pulls, rollers, and door handles and has expanded to over 125 products, including furniture, lighting, and household tools. Since its launch in 2012, the collection has continued to focus on simple yet materially rich designs that speak to Kundig’s commitment to the craft of architecture and marks a genuine appreciation of design details.

Tom Kundig is an owner and design principal of Olson Kundig, an architecture firm based in Seattle. Across his diverse body of work in locations worldwide, Tom is known for his elemental approach to design where rugged materials are left in raw or natural states to evolve over time with exposure to the elements—and to human touch. This approach is supported by Kundig’s architectural work as well as by this particular collection of accessories.

Tom Kundig Collection for Olson Kundig
Tom Kundig Collection for Olson Kundig

I try to redefine what it means for humans to be in a relationship with architecture. Buildings are never finished—materials continue to change, clients move windows, walls, and shutters. Materials allowed to age naturally are the evidence of time; they display a sense of history and place. In that sense, they are authentic.

Design
Tom Kundig
Design Coordinator
Debbie Kennedy
Website
olsonkundig.com
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