In 2002, partners Sam Hecht and Kim Colin formed London design office Industrial Facility to explore the junction between industrial design and the world around us. In its first ten years, it has emerged as one of the most progressive and creative design offices.
Through Industrial Facility's clear and focused approach to design, familiar objects are fundamentally investigated and contextualised so that their potential for progress is revealed. Areas of design include furniture, electronics, consumer products, cultural institutions, transportation and clothing. Industrial Facility has received many design awards, including, in 2012, its fourth IF Hannover Gold Award. In 2011, the office won the prestigious Designs of the Year Award for Furniture; while Sam Hecht became a Royal Designer for Industry and was nominated for the Prince Philip Designer's Prize. Work is included in the permanent collections of many major museums including MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; State Museum of Applied Arts, Munich; the Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt; San Francisco MOMA; Design Museum, London; and the Art Institute, Chicago. In 2008 a retrospective exhibition 'Industrial Facility; Some Recent Projects', was exhibited at the Design Museum, London.
In 2009, Hecht and Colin co-founded Retail Facility, an online shop that makes available the designs of Industrial Facility, some for the first time, and many of which were previously only sold in certain countries.