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The Saltzman Prize: Mac Collins in Conversation with Sam Hecht
2022 marks the inaugural Saltzman Prize, a new initiative to celebrate emerging product designers, created by Lisa Saltzman on behalf of the Saltzman Family Foundation and in recognition of Ralph Saltzman’s design legacy in partnership with the Design Museum.
The Design Museum is delighted to host an evening with Mac Collins, the prize winner. An emerging furniture designer with a host of accolades to his name already, Collins’ furniture designs imbue organic forms and natural materials with a sense of narrative.
Mac will be in conversation with Sam Hecht of design studio Industrial Facility, who nominated him.
As a titan of innovative product design and an award-winning rising star, the two will reflect on the future of the discipline and the challenges facing product designers in an age in which our relationship to our possessions is never stable.
Celebrating their mutual admiration for each other as designers, they will explore what influences and inspires them and what they have learned from each others’ practices.
The conversation marks the close of the Mac Collins display exhibited at the Design Museum from February 2 - April 3 2022.
Alongside Kim Colin, Sam founded London-based studio Industrial Facility, one of the most progressive studios in product, furniture and exhibition design. The duo work for a roster of pioneering clients, including Muji, Emeco, Epson and Wästberg. Works are held in collections worldwide, including at the Cooper Hewitt, Centre Pompidou, and the Design Museum.
For your safety, we are operating at a reduced capacity for our events. Increased cleaning has also been implemented across the museum. Face masks are mandatory unless exempt.
Please note that this talk will be held in person at the Design Museum however, in the event of strict COVID-19 restrictions, it will be streamed digitally and you will be notified of the decision one week ahead of time.
Co-Founder and President of DesignTex, and a major figure in the design world, Saltzman's curiosity and collaborative spirit is evident in the legacy of innovation he leaves behind and in the company he founded nearly 60 years ago. Designtex's development of sustainable textiles and the partnership that emerged between William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart won First Prize in the International Design Sense competition at the Design Museum in 2000.
Background image: Mac Collins's design – Benchmark Iklwa Large Chair Earth Orange photographed by David Cleveland.