Designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, of London-based studio Industrial Facility, have just launched their Branca Stool designed for Italian manufacturer Mattiazzi. The Stool is the successor of the influential Branca Chair, also released by Mattiazzi five years ago, an all-wood, stacking armchair produced with the best of robotic manufacturing and hand-finishing.
The Branca Chair won the Design of the Year for Furniture in 2011 and is included in the Permanent Collections of the Design Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Finlandia Design Museum, Helsinki; and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
The new Stool continues the Branca typology of tree branches seamlessly bending and meeting; it is also inviting and comfortable, yet skeletal in its formation. To allow free movement at stool height, the seat is soft and open from 270 degrees. The backrest is small and reassuring, providing a backstop and a place to hang a jacket. The metal curved footrest replicates the outline of the seat.
Previewed at the Salone del Mobile 2014, the Stool is now officially available in natural and coloured Ash (Anilin Black, Anilin White, Anilin Branca Green and Natural Ash) with a powder-coated footrest. It will also be on show during the London Design Festival next month.
Industrial Facility was formed in 2002 to explore the junction between industrial design and the world around us. Our office designs objects of varying purpose in relation to their spatial, cultural and performative landscapes for international companies operating in international markets. Clients value our deeper contribution to their design and business thinking and often incorporate resultant project directions into their broader future. Areas of work include products, furniture, exhibitions, transportation and clothing. The office has emerged as one of the most progressive and creative design offices working in industrial design.