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The Cofo Design co-founders’ current obsessions

By Anna Fitzpatrick| Photography by Daniel Neuhaus
The Cofo Design co-founders’ current obsessions

Randy Simmen has been honing his industrial design chops since he began working for his family’s manufacturing business at 16. Desmond Chan spent a decade as creative director of a luxury outerwear firm. Long-time friends, they founded Cofo on their shared interest in the process of making well-crafted products. To that end, Cofo is an incubator and manufacturer—Simmen and Chan collaborate with up-and-coming creative types to make their designs into real, tangible products. The inaugural project, the Roque chair, designed by Trish Roque, went on to win a German Design Award. Not bad for their debut production.

 


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