Industrial Facility’s Pared-Down Home Accessories Are Happy to Be Handled
In the design world, Instagramable interiors get all the fanfare—but true aesthetes know that tactility is key to lasting style. So when Industrial Facility, the London design studio co-founded by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, created its Collection Objects product line, released this fall by Italian furniture company Mattiazzi, it went full throttle on the literal feel of things. “It suits everyday use and gives pleasure to living, working, and hosting at home,” Hecht says of the series, noting that each piece reflects Mattiazzi’s commitment to innovation and to minimizing its environmental footprint (the family-run company works exclusively with FSC-certified wood, and heats its factory with sawdust generated during the manufacturing process).
Included in the assemblage: sculptural ash wall hooks by Hecht and Colin, and quilted seat pillows filled with recycled padding by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. There’s also work by three up-and-coming designers, including bowls made of wood left over from furniture production by Julie Richoz, a stackable beechwood bottle rack by Max Frommeld, and a shallow box by Julien Renault that, at first glance, looks like an unassuming stack of two lumber slabs. The designs are “respectful of the material,” Hecht says, and have hard-wearing surfaces that are happy to be handled. “These objects can be kept for generations—a quick sand-and-wax will bring them back to their original condition after years of use.”