Born in 1969, British industrial designer Sam Hecht studied at the Royal College of Art and, after working briefly for the architect David Chipperfield, travelled in the US and Japan before returning to London as head of design at IDEO. In 2002 he established the design studio Industrial Facility with his partner Kim Colin. Both designers are convinced of “the importance of design as a means of simplifying our lives in an inspirational way”. Amongst their clients you find Muji, Yamaha, LaCie, Epson, Magis, Whirlpool and many more. Project areas include furniture, electronics, consumer products, cultural institutions, transportation and fashion.
All our talks are for free (whether you are a member or not), held in english, at the auditorium of the MUDAM (the "Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean") in Luxembourg.
Monobloc tells the story of the best-selling piece of furniture of all time. Estimates claim there are a billion of these cheap plastic chairs in use all over the world. This unassuming chair threatens our environment and good taste but is indispensable for millions of people to whom a chair is a chair and nothing more. This is the tale of an object viewed through a critical eye on globalisation - a story that spans functionality and beauty, capitalism and sharing, consumption and recycling.