Sam Hecht & Kim Colin

Sam Hecht (b. 1969) and Kim Colin (b. 1961) 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 continuous project across a vast array of industries, where the cross-pollination of disciplines has enabled continuous development of the studio’s intelligence. With a roster of pioneering clients, including Muji, Herman Miller, Mattiazzi and Wästberg, they are regarded for both their philosophical and pragmatic approach. 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.