MODELThis was a rather abstract design for a champagne cooler. I went through a period of being obsessed with spheres. I think it stemmed from my father, who was a scientist and had chemical models aroundSOLAR PANELThis was one of the panels we designed for the London SolarShuttle, which is on the Serpentine. It's curved and very fine - something difficult to achieve so it took almost four years to developSOLARSHUTTLEThis was the concept outline for my solar boat design, which is now on the Serpentine in London. There's a renewed interest in the design right now. It looks delicate but it was designed to last, made from stainless
steel and woodWATCHThis is the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera RS2 I designed about three years ago. It's a particular favourite of mineCOMPUTERIt's integral to my work but at the same time I like to sketch out most of my designs. There's only so much you can do on the computer. At some point you have to be able to feel what you are creatingDESKWe designed these because we wanted something sturdy and utilitarian for the studio. The base is really tough - you can jump on it - and the top is really light so it's easy to move them around, something we do quite a lotWATCHThis is the TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Flying 1000 concept watch we just showcased at the Basle watch fair. It's a great achievement - one for the history booksFRAGRANCE BOTTLE MODELSThese are made from liquid resin using 3D laser printers. It's a single part that grows for over five hours to produce this form, a bit like how nature would build a product, if it could. Every bottle looks different from the next one - they are truly unique and untouched by the human handMETALThis is a piece of bubbled aluminum I picked up in Japan. It's incredibly light yet strong. The Japanese use it for insulation but I'm looking into its potential other usesSOLAR-POWERED HATNot one of my designs I must admit. Somebody gave this to me. I have lots of odd items lying around
As the principal watch designer for TAG Heuer, Mr Behling has been instrumental in conceiving some of the most forward-thinking watch designs in the last few years. Aside from concepts for luxury horology, he is also a dedicated advocate of solar energy. In 2006 he founded his London-based sustainable design consultancy, SolarLab, with the aim "to make solar power a viable option in the modern world". Here, he takes us through some of the talking points in his utilitarian workspace.
Carrera 1887: There's a contemporary connection to the past that TAG Heuer haven't really had before and the Carrera 1887 is a 1964 design that's been carefully adapted. It's a very timeless, very well-balanced product.
Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph: This is a concept watch we presented at this year's watch fair in Basle. It's a real feat as it displays 1/1000th of a second with a mechanical movement. You could argue about the use of measuring 1/1000th of a second, but it's one of those historic achievements that invokes a degree of awe when you come into contact with it and see the unbelievable speed of its hands moving.