Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, founders of the London-based Industrial Facility, are internationally renowned for the beauty and gracefulness of their designs, which almost always feature the most common everyday objects. For Kristalia, they designed Palco, an outdoor seating system inspired by pallets, slatted tables and classic outdoor decking. Palco consists of a slatted teak platform with a metal base and one or more padded elements that can be combined to create various configurations, which can also be altered after making your purchase. The platform can be entirely covered with the padded elements or used as a low table on which to place a lamp, a book or a cocktail. The ideal location recommended by Kristalia for Palco is on covered and semi-covered verandas and terraces.
Sam Hecht and Kim Colin consider in their work 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 their clients to produce items that display an understanding of both cultural relevance and spatial use. Remarkably, the designers’ work appears as one continuou project across a vast array of industries, where the cross-pollination of disciplines has enabled continuous development of the studio’s intelligence. In 2018 their complete works were published by Phaidon Press in a new book entitled simply ‘Industrial Facility’. Both Hecht and Colin are Royal Designers for Industry and Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts, honours that recognise sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value and of significant benefit to society. Their works are held in permanent collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Design Museum, both in London.