House Industries Toasts 25 Years With New Book and Retrospective

Andy Cruz of House Industries. Photography by Carlos Alejandro/House Industries.


When Andy Cruz crossed paths with Rich Roat, their uninhibited and entrepreneurial natures fused, sparking a connection that was ultimately cemented by a partnership. “We started a small graphic design company that learned to make fonts,” Roat says. “Then those fonts inspired us to dabble.” Indeed. From case goods to bike gear, House Industries diverted wildly from the two-dimensional confines of typography, largely though licensing: Stencil and Ornament clocks by Heath Ceramics, the Slash-O cabinet by Stellar Works, and the Eames Wire Base Low tables by Charles and Ray Eames with screen-printed tops by Herman Miller.
 

Eames Wire Base Low tables by Charles and Ray Eames with screen-printed tops by Herman Miller for House Industries. Photography by Carlos Alejandro/House Industries.


This May, the partners revisit their 25-year association with House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration, a 400-page journey through the firm’s creative processes from Watson-Guptill. The release dovetails with “House Industries: A Type of Learning,” a retrospective opening May 27 at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.


> See more from the March 2017 issue of Interior Design
 

House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration by House Industries. Photography by Carlos Alejandro/House Industries.
 
House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration is a 400-page journey through the firm's creative processes. Photography by Carlos Alejandro/House Industries.
 
House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration was published by Watson-Guptill. Photography by Carlos Alejandro/House Industries.
 
Slash-O cabinet by Stellar Works for House Industries. Photography by Carlos Alejandro/House Industries.
 
Ornament clock by Heath Ceramics for House Industries. Photography by Carlos Alejandro/House Industries.
 
Stencil clock by Heath Ceramics for House Industries. Photography by Carlos Alejandro/House Industries.

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