On the occasion of their 90th anniversary, German power tool manufacturer Festool invited a small group of journalists to a weeklong media event at their headquarters in southern Germany. As the sole design publication in attendance (the rest were from the trades), Core77 made it a point to learn about what sets the innovative company's designs apart—and how they do it. The following series of articles is a result of the trip.
Festool works with just two(!) industrial designers, only one of them in-house. Here we get to chat with in-house ID'er Timo Kuhls on what it's like to design for Festool—and we get to see the cool project that got him the job!
It's one thing to design and build innovative tools, but how can you be sure they'll stand up to jobsite abuse? Where does durability come from? Here we see Festool's intensive testing and quality control taking the crucial, unsung steps in maintaining the company's reputation.