Wire Frame Sofa
Visually speaking of softness and volume contained within a formal frame, the Wireframe Sofa Group exemplifies a recurring theme for Sam Hecht and Kim Colin: contrasting tension. The design’s external structure is shaped from steel wire, a material long used in classic Herman Miller designs for its strength and durability. Held within the frame are contoured cushions, which find added comfort from a suspension technology first developed by Herman Miller for the healthcare industry.
Lightweight and in various sizes, the versatile seating shifts with ease to meet the evolving needs of a space, and the people who work and relax in it. Casual yet sophisticated, contemporary with a sense of longevity, Hecht and Colin’s design is a thoughtful reflection of how we live today. Choices include white or black frame with multiple upholstery options in two- and three-seat sofa, and lounge and ottoman.
Sam Hecht and Kim Colin
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 world views. 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 neighbourhood, itself a place of opposites, hip and professional, home to thinkers and entertainers. The studio is small in number, eclectic in talent.
“Each of us is from a different part of the world”, notes Colin, “and we collaborate constantly about ideas, methods and opinions. Our work is never created in cultural isolation, and therefore our office behaves like a good, condensed international neighbourhood, which is efficient, energetic and pleasurable”.
Hecht adds: “When we are working through the design process, it is very much a series of conversations. What comes out of it is a sense of equilibrium because the process, the result, is essentially holding those two points of view”.
Since founding their studio in 2002, Hecht and Colin have used their “worldly views” to design objects that range in scale from the diminutive to the architectural. In addition to their work with Herman Miller, they have designed products for Yamaha (Japan), Mattiazzi (Italy), Issey Miyake (Japan), Established & Sons (UK), Louis Vuitton and Tectona (France) and Muji (Japan). Originally, in 2008, Herman Miller asked both Kim and Sam to become retained creative advisers.
Many of their designs are held in museum permanent collections, including those of MoMA in New York City, the Art Institute in Chicago, the Finlandia Museum, Helsinki, the San Francisco MoMA, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the State Museum of Applied Arts in Munich and the V&A Museum in London.