27 Jan 2011
FAC 331 Temporary Contemporary Table 
Commissioned by Tony Wilson, designed by Andy Woodcock and Ed Jackson and broken by Happy Mondays, the FAC 331 Temporary Contemporary Table created for the FAC 251 HQ boardroom almost perfectly sums up the excesses of Factory Records' latter days with its thirty grand price tag. Well, it would do if that was true. The actual cost was two thousand pounds and it was all put together in two weeks.

Designer Andy Woodcock tells all to Cerysmatic Factory:

FAC 331 The Temporary Contemporary Table - full story and pics.

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