Herzog & de Meuron launches Objects shop to sell its furniture and homeware
Swiss architecture studio Herzog & de Meuron has launched an online shop to sell its collection of design objects, including coat hangers, stools and lighting.
The pieces on sale were created by the studio across the course of their architectural projects, dating back as far as 2002.
"In the process of designing and building projects, objects such as lamps, tables, stools or handles have successively emerged," said Herzog & de Meuron, which is currently working on a curved residential tower in New York.
"Many of these accumulated objects proved to be interesting and useful beyond the projects from which they initially originated," the studio added.
"We therefore decided to develop some of these further – some within our practice, others with external producers – and to unite them in a kind of collection of things made available to us and to others."
The objects currently on sale include a pair of wooden hooks: one shaped like a funnel and one featuring a zig-zagging exterior. Both coat hangers are formed from single blocks of wood that have been turned in one movement.
The Corker stool is carved from blocks of waste insulation cork, and was originally designed for the firm's 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.
A second stool – the X-Hocker – rests on CNC-cut wooden legs that meet at a central point, while another seat originally created for Vitra features a dramatically ridged base made from solid birch.
Several lights are also listed on the website, but are currently only available through the manufacturer.
These include a trumpet-shaped light made from die-cast aluminium, and a pendant lamp encased in metal fins designed in 2009 for the Actelion Business Centre in Switzerland.
Also featured in the Objects shop is a snaking silicon and steel light, and a teardrop-shaped lamp that uses a polycarbonate shade to refract light from a vertical fibre.
Although only nine objects are included so far, the studio intends to add to the collection over time. The firm is also working on architecture projects that include designs for Chelsea FC's London stadium, and a Vancouver art museum shaped like a stack of wooden boxes.