The Tom Kundig Collection is a steel accessories line focused on intimately scaled building components and furnishings. Each piece celebrates the moments when people touch the buildings and spaces they inhabit. Envisioned as the first of several product lines by the firm, the Kundig-designed collection consists of over one hundred unique cut-and-folded steel products ranging from cabinet and door pulls to rollers and tables. 12th Avenue Iron fabricated each piece from steel, which is then finished and waxed, revealing the subtle marks of its making.
Each piece had its own challenge. For me, the simplest looking pieces, Peel, Ear and Droop Ear, are probably the most rewarding as they represent the idea of the collection at its most elemental. All of the pieces are meant to be honest about how they are made and what they are made from.
We had been thinking of designing a commercial product line for quite some time but hadn’t felt the time was right. 12th Avenue Iron approached us with an offer to work together and things just fell into place. We felt there was a need in the marketplace for simple yet materially rich designs for the everyday building components folks touch all the time—door knobs and cabinet pulls, etc. The line is an opportunity for us to take our approach to full-service design projects and provide it to a broader audience.
The focus of the collection stems from Kundig’s well-known interest in the ways people interact with their environment. In Kundig’s architecture, the simple act of opening a door becomes a ballet between user and structure.
To purchase and for more information please visit 12thavenueiron.com.
The pieces in this collection act as a bridge between the physics of our bodies and the physics of our shelter. They stand as a tribute to the beauty and pragmatism of nature, from the raw materials we use to build to the way the human body is designed to move—the rational and the poetic. I want to make the parts of buildings you touch every day an enjoyable experience.
The collection is a low-tech approach to hardware that provides an unpretentious yet tactile encounter with the built environment—a wink and a nod to elements that might otherwise be overly stylized or precious.
Architizer A+ Awards, Jury Winner, Building Products: Hardware
Architizer A+ Awards, Finalist
Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards, Finalist
Interior Design Best of Year Awards, Finalist
World Interiors News Annual Awards, Interior Accessories Finalist
Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards, Best of Year Award
International Interior Design Association Northern Pacific Chapter INawards, Honorable Mention: Concept Fireplace Tools
Filter archive by