Co-founder of kitHAUS
Tom Sandonato is an environmental designer who also happens to be a visual merchandising renegade, a sketchpad connoisseur and a “c’mon-kids, let’s-put-on-a-show” kind of guy. And really, it can get kind of exhausting just watching him. While most of us are busy putting one foot in front of the other, Tom has already raced around the corner into stuff we’ll discover years later. Sustainable products. Off-grid living. Ordinary throw-aways transformed into way-cool designs. That’s the stuff that gets him going. Currently, Tom works in two universes. He’s the founder of kitHAUS, modernist pre-fabs that are being snatched up daily by people who know a good thing when they see it. He also continues his career as a visual artist, honing retail environments for high-profile clients.
The Rise of Factory-built Housing: Episode 1
Between 1908 and 1942, Sears sold 100,000 homes that were delivered in kits consisting of 12,000 pieces. While Sears is no longer in the business of making prefabricated homes, a number of technology-driven startups have picked up the mantle and are now delivering new kinds of kits, which, once they’re put together, make modern homes. In the first episode of a 6-part series on the future of homebuilding, Andrew interviews some of the most innovative companies that are reinventing the way we think about prefabricated housing.
Images & video courtesy of kitHAUS