Garage Brand

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January 18, 2009

With no space to waste, London-based designers Kim Colin and Sam Hecht turned a 1924 garage into the perfect home product.

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  Before its recent renovation and restoration, Kim Colin and Sam Hecht’s home in London’s Primrose Hill neighborhood served time as a mechanic’s garage.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Before its recent renovation and restoration, Kim Colin and Sam Hecht’s home in London’s Primrose Hill neighborhood served time as a mechanic’s garage.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  “You can stand in one space and reach everything,” explains Colin of the precise kitchen layout with its custom-made stainless steel countertop, cantilevered cupboards, and integrated cooktop and oven. The cupboards’ shallow shelves were specially made to take up minimal space and to fit Muji storage jars.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    “You can stand in one space and reach everything,” explains Colin of the precise kitchen layout with its custom-made stainless steel countertop, cantilevered cupboards, and integrated cooktop and oven. The cupboards’ shallow shelves were specially made to take up minimal space and to fit Muji storage jars.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  The kitchen spills out into the living room, where the focus is on a Saarinen Tulip table, Eames fiberglass shell chairs, and lamps by Achille Castiglioni.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    The kitchen spills out into the living room, where the focus is on a Saarinen Tulip table, Eames fiberglass shell chairs, and lamps by Achille Castiglioni.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Colin and Hecht run Industrial Facility from a small studio on London’s Old Street. There, projects in development are laid out with surgical precision.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Colin and Hecht run Industrial Facility from a small studio on London’s Old Street. There, projects in development are laid out with surgical precision.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  The boys’ bedroom is compact while providing room for sleep as well as study.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    The boys’ bedroom is compact while providing room for sleep as well as study.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Taking care to design a flexible children's space, Colin and Hecht (pictured with son Josh) added a wall of floor-to-ceiling white-spray-painted cupboards that conceal a computer desk, shelves piled high with neatly stacked books and magazines, a music system, and tubs of children’s toys.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Taking care to design a flexible children's space, Colin and Hecht (pictured with son Josh) added a wall of floor-to-ceiling white-spray-painted cupboards that conceal a computer desk, shelves piled high with neatly stacked books and magazines, a music system, and tubs of children’s toys.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  An original parquetry floor is found in the office.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    An original parquetry floor is found in the office.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Original elements such as the curved glass windows, added in the 1930s, remain, as does the original parquet floor.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Original elements such as the curved glass windows, added in the 1930s, remain, as does the original parquet floor.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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