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In my 2018 JustLuxe interview with Alex Rasmussen, founding father of Neal Feay Studio, we mentioned the emergence of his design/manufacturing firm because the chief within the creation of high-end furnishings, textured artwork design, style, and exterior cladding utilizing anodized aluminum as the main ingredient of their artistic product traces.
For many years, Neal Feay Studio specialised in anodized aluminum designs. The corporate initially discovered success many years in the past in jewellery design, then transitioned to design and manufacturing Hello-Fi Audio methods all from aluminum. As the corporate grew, Neal Feay with Alex Rasmussen on the helm steadily expanded into excessive style, architectural, and yacht classes. The corporate counts Louis Vuitton, Marc Newson and Azzedine Alaïa, as their collaborators.
However now, one thing new.
Alex Rasmussen and the Neal Feay Studio workforce are partnering with Vyaire Medical, to create anodized aluminum ventilators to combat COVID-19. Neal Feay Studio now produces lots of of Vyaire Medical ventilator methods to fulfill exponential demand. How did this sensible artwork/design studio have the information and instinct to work with Vyaire Medical, one of many world’s most revered medical tools suppliers? It pertains to their expertise and deep information of anodized aluminum.
Just lately, we have been lucky to have the ability to interview Mr. Rassmussen and ask.
JustLuxe: What benefits does anodized aluminum have within the manufacturing of ventilators to fight COVID 19?
Rasmussen: Our particular anodized aluminum is ideal for the manufacturing of medical tools. It’s extremely robust and light-weight, decreasing the general weight of the ventilator, making it simpler to move. Aluminum can be a lot simpler to disinfect. Not like plastic, our designs can face up to cleansing from robust solvents with no degradation points in any respect. It’s extremely sturdy, and all additionally extremely recycled content material.
Moon Console, furnishings from Neal Feay studio
JustLuxe: Neal Feay is thought for high-end style and architectural initiatives, inform us about how the partnership with Vyaire Medical occurred?
Rasmussen: We have now been working with the corporate that owns Vyaire for over 15 years. Any such work was truly our bread and butter till 2008. Our work in style, design and structure has all been since then.
JustLuxe: With pace being such an element within the face of the pandemic, how did you ramp up manufacturing so shortly?
Rasmussen: As a result of we’re vertically built-in, and work day and night time, it places us in an uncommon place of with the ability to react extraordinarily shortly. By shifting priorities, we modified machines making luxurious equipment to creating Vyaire panels in a matter of days. The truth that France had been locked down had opened up fairly a considerable amount of our capability. The unhealthy information and the excellent news have been very a lot associated…. We started delivery in 5 calendar days, quite than a typical 8 weeks of lead time.
JustLuxe: Neal Feay appears to buck the development on the subject of shifting manufacturing in another country. How have you ever managed to proceed making issues proper in Santa Barbara?
Rasmussen: My grandfather began the corporate in 1945 to make world class merchandise. We have now been refining our métier for 3 generations. We have now one other giant medical buyer, and so they have been beforehand utilizing Chinese language suppliers. By doing good industrial design that leverages our information of what’s attainable with our materials, we offered a superior value to perceived worth product.
JustLuxe: Proper now, have you ever transitioned utterly over to ventilator manufacturing, or is Neal Feay nonetheless working in its conventional classes of style and structure?
Rasmussen: Oh, no… we now have been as much as all kinds of artistic issues — a BBJ inside, a number of superyachts, a brand new line of luxe out of doors furnishings that will probably be Alex Rasmussen for Sutherland furnishings. We’re all the time shifting in new instructions.
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Artwork installaion, anodized aluminum wave, Neal Feay Studio
Neal Feay Studio
Exterior Cladding, Neal Feay Studio
Neal Feay Studio
Exterior Design, Vyaire Ventilator, Neal Feay Studio