Taking cue from the classic toolboxes he would use in his brief career as a carpenter, Thomas Bentzen refined the archetypal shape into something that feels both familiar and delightfully tongue-in-cheek. The idea behind it came to be as he was reviewing his cardboard models:
"Making physical models of ideas and sketches allows me to just create and experiment underway. To ask myself: when is it functional? When does it have character? It is interesting to play with that balance.
Yet the truly special moment is looking at them all afterward, with a different gaze and realizing that something interesting has occurred in the process or evolved. I ran with the idea of an architectural quality — quite literally a house with room for all of your stuff — while trying to keep some of the original references."
Thomas Bentzen Being cast in one piece and in one material without using glue or screws, it is a process as simple as can be, yet immensely complex to produce. There are no excessive, expensive processes involved. It’s a very straight-forward design of really high quality, he says, giving a little knock on the back of Sketch.