Q&A with Sam Hecht

This week we have released Twin Stopper by Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility. Simply clever, Twin stopper has asymmetrical ends to deal with varying gaps between doors and floors in a compact way. Whatever you are using now, this will certainly be more elegant, not to mention safer.

Sam Hecht

Could you tell us about the philosophy behind your work?

The philosophy is simple. The world we inhabit; the people who inhabit it; the things people use to inhabit it. None of these are better or worse than the other. They are all equal. When you reach this realisation it means that a chair is no more or less important than the person sitting on it, or the room it sits in. So for a doorstop, it should relate to the door as much as relating to the room and the feet walking past.

What are your influences?

Conversations are undoubtedly my biggest influences. I have many and continue to use them as a basis for reasoning.

What was your inspiration behind the Twin stopper?

One can say a doorstopper is extremely banal. It has been with us for so long. But, what can often frustrate people about them is that the wedge inevitably sticks out too much because of the varying gap between the door and the floor, and you trip over them. To generate the form, I took a regular doorstop, cut it in half and attached both ends at right-angles. Depending on the gap size, you can turn it and the doorstop will always stay close to the door.

Twin stopper - red | Droog Accessories

How do you think the Twin stopper relates to Droog?

The way I like to think of Droog is that they interject with issues of everyday life—dealing with doorbells, tablecloths, and now a doorstopper. I like the unpretentious side of Droog, and I like that one does not have to think too much about buying the Twin stopper because it is affordable. It’s a small interjection – nothing too dramatic – but it at least it makes a little bit of improvement on what’s gone before.

How do you see that your work relates to various design trends today?

There are many products that keep coming out where their starting point is novelty. It seems designers have forgotten the original purpose of what they are designing. I personally tested the doorstop for over a year. It is what it is because of how it works and not all because of how it looks.

Do you have a message to young product designers?

In some ways, it’s better to apply one’s mind to forgotten objects–the things we “use” everyday, rather than the things we “look at”. The effect on the world is of improving it ever so slightly without using a lot of resources. I think Droog has always been an inspiration to young designers because they negated the bourgeois in favour of democratic creativity. Young people could finally relate to a type of design that related to them as individuals.

Twin stopper is now available in red and black silicone at Droog Amsterdam and on Droog’s online store for € 12.50 for a set of two.

Droog 2: our second magazine

Our second issue of the Droog magazine is out now, with news about Milan 2010, the Droog Townhouse, Pioneers of Change and more. Flip through it here, and pick up a copy at Droog Amsterdam.

Q&A with Christophe Coppens

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Christophe Coppens’ 2010-2011 Winter collection is on view at Droog Amsterdam until October 17th and at Droog New York until September 25th.

Why is your collection about exotic birds?
In difficult times people should take over the best qualities of birds: the protection of the nest and feathers, the beauty of their colours, their freedom.
How does this collection relate to your past or future body of work?
I have always worked around the theme of protection. Accessories are often there to protect you, against the elements and against the bad bad world. As for the future, we’ll see!
What influence does your role as theatre actor and director have on your work?
My education always follows me with everything I do. I cannot create without thinking of the setting, the soundtrack, the lighting…
What’s next for you?
I’m in Paris next week. I’m working on hats for Manish Arora show. And much more, that is too early to talk about now.
Any thoughts about Droog?
I have always been a fan of Droog, since the beginning. They have always been very strong and consistent in everything they do. I am proud they invited me.
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New Friends in our Webshop

In our webshop you will find products with the label ‘Friends of Droog’. These products are from other brands that we really like here at Droog…and we’ve just added two more brands: beautiful items for cooking and dining by Royal VKB and the sturdy and stylish umbrellas by Senz.

We will be adding more in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our store!

(Products not available in USA & Canada.)

Senz Original Gray - Senz Umbrellas
Senz Original - Senz Umbrellas

Senz Mini Blue - Senz Umbrellas
Senz Mini - Senz Umbrellas

Slowcooker - Royal VKB
Slowcooker - Royal VKB

Garlic crusher - Royal VKB
Garlic crusher - Royal VKB

Jar tops - Royal VKB
Jar tops - Royal VKB

Siliconce trivets - Royal VKB
Siliconce trivets - Royal VKB

Serving tray - Royal VKB
Serving tray - Royal VKB

Puzzle Dinner Tray - Royal VKB
Puzzle Dinner Tray - Royal VKB

French Carafe Gift set - Royal VKB
French Carafe Gift set - Royal VKB