industrial facility develops modular formwork desk accessories for herman miller industrial facility develops modular formwork desk accessories for herman miller
sep 16, 2013

industrial facility develops modular formwork desk accessories for herman miller

industrial facility: formwork desk accessories for herman miller
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retail facility – the online store of industrial facility – previews new projects at a pop up shop during london design festival (LDF) 2013. during LDF, a temporary marketplace will present ‘formwork’ – a series of desktop accessories produced by herman miller and designed by sam hecht and kim colin of industrial facility. the collection of modular, stackable artifacts includes cups, trays, boxes, media stands, and paper trays. hecht and colin closely examined the items that typically occupy the desk space; through photographic research and documentation of the office, they have concevied a set of stationary organizers that reflect a mixture of the analogue and the digital systems used both at home and at the workplace. the simple forms, precise production methods, and muted colour palette of ‘formwork’ indicate a level of thoughtfulness rarely brought to the desktop.




not only are stationary items found in one’s working space, but also fruit, sugar packets, spoons and mugs; tissue boxes, ear buds and plasters; tapes, glues and staplers; cables, mice and smartphones.


‘the ‘formwork’ sizes relate to the dimensions of the most commonly found items, for instance pen cups share the same diameter as the internal roll of masking tape; boxes share the same size as tissue boxes; and paper trays share the sizes of assorted papers and magazines,’ comments sam hecht and kim colin. ‘the series of objects promotes the idea of a collection of simple containers that could be arranged horizontally or stacked vertically, with each able to work alone or in clusters, allowing for a hierarchy of usefulness. some things can be hidden away, while others can be kept visible. some of the accessories have cantilevered surfaces that act as a tray to help with this type of hierarchical organization – instead of digging for a usb stick, it can stay visible at a higher level.’ they both add.

the series of stationary organizers reflect a mixture of the analogue and digital in both the home and workplace

the ‘formwork’ sizes relate to the dimensions of the most commonly found items – sam hecht and kim colin

simple forms and a muted color palette indicate a level of thoughtfulness rarely brought to the desktop

  • not unsimilar to our eyestyle paper tray and ordner for sigel

    Dr Design says:
  • I’m back in the ’70, same form, same curves, same color, same etc.

    Hector says:

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