Contrasts, and holding them in creative tension, define the work of Sam Hecht and Kim Colin.
Their designs reflect both a meticulous attention to an object’s details and a thoughtful consideration of its context. Thus, they measure the success of their designs,
“not only in sales or notoriety but also in the contribution to the greater good of the industry (and we hope, the planet).”
Hecht and Colin at their core embody two contrasting worldviews. He is a native Londoner, educated as an industrial designer, contemplative, and drawn to essential simplicity. She is a Californian, trained as an architect, effusive, and drawn to use the sensibilities of her discipline—emotion, scale, landscape, culture—to inform design.
Their studio—Industrial Facility—is located in central London’s Clerkenwell neighborhood— itself a place of opposites, hip and professional, home to thinkers and entertainers. The studio is small in number, eclectic in talent.
Awards / Recognition:
- Best of NeoCon Silver Award, Benching, Chicago (Locale), 2013
- Furniture Design of the Year, Design Museum, London (Branca), 2011
- Habitare Collection 2011, Habitare Fair, Helsinki (Branca), 2011
- Best Furniture of the Year, Wallpaper Awards, (TBC), 2010
- Bo Bedre Award, (TBC) 2010
- Japan G-Mark awards (4)
- Royal Designer for Industry, 2008
- IF German Gold Awards (4)
- Design Plus awards (3)
- GQ Award (2)
- FX Designer of the Year Award, 2008
- IDEA Awards (3)
- Nominated for Prince Phillip Designers Prize, 2008
- Honorary Material Connexxion Award, 2007
- Japan Creative Award, 2007
- Elle Decoration Best Kitchen Design, 2007
- Grand Designs, (IF4000), 2006
- Red Dot Award (2)