“If your goal is to build a better stool, where do you start?” That was the question designer Carol Catalano asked herself. It was when she looked down and noticed her own entwined fingers that she found the answer.
Once inspiration had struck, Catalano quickly landed on the design the of the Cappelli Stool. Using two identical laminated wood pieces with interlocking “fingers,” Catalano found she could create a stable seat. No fasteners required.
“From the beginning,” Catalano says, “the form of the stool was a simple curve that we kept refining until it was comfortable and beautiful.”
Catalano’s ingenuity paid off, earning her silver prize at the International Furniture Design Competition in Asahikawa, Japan. Hers was one of only eight awards given, and was the only American design selected from more than 700 entries worldwide.
Fifty years ago, Alexander Girard, the head of Herman Miller’s Textile Division from 1952 to 1973, introduced this playful design and called it “January.” Girard’s distinctive combination of color, originality, and spirit came from his love of folk art, his world travels, and his delightfully curious personality.
Here’s hoping the optimism of Girard’s design inspires you in this new year. Click here to download one of six free desktop wallpapers featuring “January” for your computer, mobile, or tablet device.
Designer Yves Bèhar isn’t kidding when he says, “Every molecule in the SAYL chair had to work harder.” To achieve Bèhar’s vision of an eco-dematerialized design, every piece of SAYL was examined, sculpted, and hollowed out to use the least amount of material without compromising strength. Was it successful? Well, SAYL survived having a 300-pound sack dropped on it—multiple times.
The Herman Miller Test Lab, where SAYL was put through its paces, is infamous among our designers. Some have even dubbed it “the place where designs go to die.” Weights, pulleys, and pistons test every design to the brink of failure—and beyond—to ensure they meet the requirements of our standard 12-year warranty.
Engineers weren’t sure SAYL would make it. It did, thanks to some hard work making every piece work harder.
Setting a record in 2011, John Baker completed the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in just 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, and 39 seconds. Photo: Mark Lester
A prefab shed transformed into a summer retreat, complete with wood flooring and solar panels, by designer Linda Bergroth. Photo: unknown
Meandering riverbeds combine to form dense, branching networks across the desert landscape of southeastern Jordan. Photo: earthobservatory.nasa.gov
An orange-powered nightlight, made possible by a small electrical charge created when zinc nails react with critic acid in the fruit. By no means bright, this photo required a 14-hour exposure. Photo: Caleb Charland
Dreamy and surreal, this photo was taken with an infrared filter and film, which captures light of a different wavelength than traditional photography. Photo: David Keochkerian
Artist William Forsythe creates sensory experiences by filling large architectural spaces with thousands of suspended balloons and deep, resonating music. Video: Scatter Crowds
A busy day at Hanover Airport, this composite photo shows the air traffic over several hours. Photo: Ho-Yeol Ryu
This photo of a spooky eye, on close inspection, reveals itself to be just a draining sink. Photo: Liammm via Reddit
Life in a space colony as imagined by NASA scientists and sci-fi illustrators in the 1970s. Image: Don Davis for NASA
An interior view of Volkswagen’s 16-story car tower in Wolfsburg, Germany, where robotic arms stack, sort, and deliver cars at lightning speed. Photo: Volkswagen
Why do flamingos stand on one foot? Scientists suspect that it helps the birds conserve body heat during long hours spent feeding in cold water. Photo: Martin Harvey
Creatively using both negative and positive space, artist Peter Callesen constructs intricate 3D sculptures by precisely cutting single sheets of paper. Photo: Peter Callesen
Reimagining the traditional nude image, photographer Shinichi Maruyama captures the grace of the human body in motion. Photo: shinichimaruyama.com
Returning from the sea, penguins like this one rocket themselves nearly six feet in the air in order to land clear of any lurking seals. Photo: Paul Nicklen
Stacked, geometric forms, impossibly sharp edges, and smooth curves are all hallmarks of Calvin Seibert’s modernist sandcastles. Photo: Calvin Seibert
A single photo of the Chicago skyline. Filmmaker Eric Hines combined 30,000 such shots to create a time-lapse tribute to the Windy City. Check out the video.
In search of food, emperor penguins can dive to 1,750 feet and remain underwater for 20 minutes on a single breath. Photo: Paul Nicklen
The interior of a Google data center. Maybe the Internet really is made of a series of tubes. Photo: Connie Zhou
A girl celebrates Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, by lighting candles arranged in the shape of the deity Ganesh. Photo: Ajay Verma
A late summer thunderhead gathers strength above Banner Peak and Mount Ritter near Garnet Lake in central California. Photo: Peter Essick
Something not right about this image? Fred Lebian traveled New York City taking photos, later returning to superimpose the pictures over their original scenes. Photo: Fred Lebian
Armed with what appears to be an interstellar flashlight, photographer Jack Fusco points to Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the night sky. Photo: jackfusco.com
These billowing ribbons and lacy swirls were created by dropping pigments into water and capturing the results with a high-speed camera. Photo: Albert Seveso
Short autumn days and cooler temperatures have caused the green chlorophyll in this leaf to break down, revealing the red pigments that were always there. Photo: Torsten Silz
An intricate labyrinth of poured salt arranged by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, who almost entirely improvises the designs. Photo: Motoi Yamamoto
The delicate dance of moths drawn to a floodlight, captured in this long-exposure photo by Canadian ceramicist Steve Irvine. Photo: Steve Irvine
Swimmers battle the turbulence of a breaking wave at Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia. Photo: Mark Tipple
Enhanced to increase contrast, this photo clearly shows giant arcs of solar material, known as coronal loops, studied by scientists. Photo: Goddard Space Flight Center
A fox photographed mid-leap as it hunts for small rodents under the snow in Yellowstone National Park. Photo: Richard Peters
Returning from the depths of the Red Sea, Italian freediver Linda Paganelli passes in front of a cave in the Ras Mohammed National Park in Egypt. Photo: Jacques de Vos
The dream-like quality of this photograph is the result of a controlled “mistake” with a slit-scan camera. Photo: Jay Mark Johnson
The Space Shuttle Endeavor on its slow, 12-miles trip through the streets of Los Angeles to it’s new home at the California Science Center. Photo: Kevork Djansezian
Flamingos are very social birds, preferring to live in colonies that can number in the thousands. Photo: Klaus Nigge
The fiery tail of Space Shuttle Endeavor’s final flight reflected in the intercoastal waters of Florida. Photo: James Vernacotola
Illuminated by a projector, seemingly haphazard clumps of wood and detritus become incredibly detailed silhouettes. Photo: Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Moon power? This giant water-filled ball lens is capable of converting light—from both the sun and the moon—into power. Design: André Broessel
This avocado is a spooky example of Shawn Feeney’s food carvings, some of which have appeared in the White House. Photo: Shawn Feeney
Marking the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, Indian children dressed as the famous leader and attended a peace rally. Photo: Ajit Solanki
Known as a blowfish or a pufferfish, the Tetraodontidae compensates for its slow locomotion by inflating into an unpalatable ball of spikes. Photo: Jason Moore
In search of good waves, some surfers are willing to brave the bitter cold and icy waters of the Great Lakes in the winter. Photo: Mike Killion
Powered by just lemons, limes, and oranges, this lamp draws energy from a chemical exchange that takes place between zinc electrodes and the citric acid in the fruit. Photo: Caleb Charland
Hitchcock-like in its inspiration, this art installation required that Carlos Amorales cover an entire Spanish church in black paper moths. Photo: Carlos Amorales
The Sphinx Observatory in Switzerland sits 11,715 above its immediate surroundings and provides unique conditions for research in various disciplines of science. Photo: Unknown
A liquid when at extremely low temperatures (-321 degrees Fahrenheit, to be exact), nitrogen can cause rapid freezing and have shattering results for living tissue. Photo: Jon Shireman
Swim with the whales in the safety of a wading pool at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in southern Taiwan. Photo: Jeffrey Hsu
Built in the middle of the Drina River, this house is able to survive the seasonal floods that can raise water levels to its front door. Photo: Irene Becker
A small hedgehog blows bubbles in a plate of (lactose free) milk while under the watchful gaze of photographer Cath Schneider’s daughter. Photo: Cath Schneider
No Photoshopping here. All it took to build this floating faucet was clear pipe and some creative engineering. Photo: Todd S. Klassy
Composed of a gelatinous bell and long trailing tentacles, a jellyfish is not actually a fish, a misnomer popularized by public aquariums. Photo: Alexander Semenov
Pizza has become a truly global food, with countries and regions developing their unique tastes: In this case, a mussel pizza from the east coast of the United States. Photo: Andrew Scrivani
“Water wigs,” that’s what photographer Tim Tadder calls the hair shaped splashes captured on the bald heads of his models. Photo: Tim Tadder
Luminescent sea creatures? In fact, they’re fireworks photographed using a long-exposure and refocus technique. Photo: David Johnson
Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap” onto the surface of the moon in 1969 marked a milestone in human history. Photo: Buzz Aldrin
With just eight different colored ballpoint pens, artist Samuel Silva uses a crosshatching technique to create photorealistic portraits of people and animals. Photo: Samuel Silva
Deep under the bustling streets of New York City, workers are busy digging a new subway tunnel with the assistance of explosives and excavators. Photo: Richard Barnes
Submerged cement sculptures become a home for coral, sponges, and other marine organisms to attach themselves. Photo: Jason de Caires Taylor
Every year, people young and old gather in Spanish Fork, Utah, to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. Photo: Thomas Hawk
The green, rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy, as seen through the telephoto zoom lens of photographer Marcin Sobas: 500px.com/MarcinSobas
Nearly 20 percent of the world’s adult population is unable to read, even though it’s a skill that dates back to the 4th century BC. Photo: stevemccurry.com
The thrill of science: a captivated audience gathered in Times Square to watch as the Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars. Photo: Andrew Burton
Considerably harder to manage than horses, ostriches take a lap at an annual race in Ellis Park, Kentucky. Photo: Garry Jones
Built to welcome guests to the 1889 World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years. Photo: Unknown, via Wikimedia Commons
In 1972, this calculator was a groundbreaking accomplishment that shrank the power of a desktop computer into something that could be carried in a pocket. Photo: hp.com
Severe weather forms on the horizon as warm, moist air moves rapidly upward, only to cool, condense, and fall back to earth as heavy rain. Photo: Mitch Dobrowner
Constructed entirely from cardboard, this bicycle is designed for a rider up to 300lbs and contains just $9 in materials. Photo: vimeo.com/37584656
Over the years, the pigs of Big Major Cay, Bahamas, taught themselves how to swim as a clever means of scavenging for food from sailors and later tourists. Photo: echeng.com
Alive with 80,000 volts of electricity, these flowers were photographed without a camera using a technique called Kirlian. Photo: buelteman.com
The moon really is made of cheese (albeit not green) in this photo from a series by artist Christopher Boffoli, who stages miniature people alongside common foods. Photo: bigappetites.net
City lights, star trails, aurora, and lightning flashes blend together in this long exposure photo taken from the International Space Station by Astronaut Don Pettit. Photo: http://bit.ly/Jp9ARz
Meant to resemble an eye, the L’hemisferic of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, sits at the edge of a reflecting pool lined in glass, creating the illusion of the eye as a whole. Photo: cac.es
Sometimes called an ecoduct, wildlife crossing like this one in Alberta, Canada, gives animals a safe means of crossing busy highways. Photo: Joel Sartore
An emblem of the Swiss Alps, Matterhorn derives its name from the German words "matte" and "horn," meaning “meadow peak”, respectively. Photo: Nenad Saljic
Cuts, slices, and folds reveal hints of orange, transforming a thick sheet of white paper into a pair of Japanese Koi fish. Photo: lisarodden.com
A false-colored scan of a caffeine crystal (the same caffeine found in a cup of coffee) under intense magnification. Photo: Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy
A small forest of mechanical supertrees tower over Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay generating solar power, collecting rainwater, and providing shade from the sun. Photo: Glen Espinosa
Rendered in hyper detail, these mouthwatering Italian pastries by painter Luigi Benedicenti look as though you could eat them. Photo: albemarlegallery.com/artists/luigi-benedicenti
Five fish become the living instruments of a concert as their vertical movements are translated in musical sounds. Listen: quietensemble.com/quintetto
A spectacular display of the Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, photographed from the window of the International Space Station by Astronaut Andre Kuipers. Photo: Andre Kuipers
The beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are home to some giant fish constructed using discarded plastic bottles. Photo: Victor R. Caivano
Constructed entirely from paper, these intricate models of motorcycles were designed by Paperobean to require no cutting or glue. Photo: facebook.com/ipapero
Twice a year the setting sun aligns with the main east–west streets of New York City, an event dubbed “Manhattanhenge.” Photo: Steve Kelley
Revealing the fine detail of the Australian jumping ant for the first time, a team of scientists is traveling the world with the goal of 3D photographing every species of ant. Photo: Antweb.org
Just a bottle, or is it Coca-Cola bottle? Brand Spirit is a project exploring our relationships with the brands that surround us. Photo: brandspirit.tumblr.com
Surfers know they’ll be spending a few moments underwater, but when surfing big waves it’s not uncommon to be held down a minute or more. Photo: Tony Heff
Floating in a sea of clouds, the 1,300-foot sheer cliffs of Mount Roraima mark the triple border point of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana. Photo: Uwe George
Bacteria sample or your favorite vino? Actually it is both. Photographed through a microscope, red wine takes on a new look. Photo: legoullonphotography.com
An annulus, or ring of fire, occurs when the moon does not completely cover the sun during a solar eclipse. Photo: Colleen Pinski
When technology meets culinary experimentation, the result is a deep-fried iPad. Look delicious? Photo: Henry Hargreaves
The persistent winds of Mars sculpt these large sand dunes into flowing, drop-like forms that change with the seasonal winds. Photo: nasa.gov
Gale-force winds directly to the face do not make for a flattering portrait, but that was likely not the point. Photo: tadaocern.com
By color-coding numerical digits 1 through 9, designers Two-N, Inc. created a visual representation of Pi to four million decimals. This image is just a small detail. Photo: two-n.com
Looking to boost sales, a Japanese seaweed shop has begun laser cutting intricate designs into the sheets of nori used to roll sushi. isbbdo.co.jp
Triggered by the shattering sound, a camera captures to two porcelain figures in a delicate battle with one another. Photo: martin-klimas.de
Workers, dwarfed by their surroundings, sort and stack orders into an enormous wall of shelves at a Microsoft shipping facility. Photo: christian-stoll.com
Reaching for light, a tree grows from the top of an abandoned chimney in Luque, Paraguay. Photo: Jorge Saenz
The sweet anatomy of a pinata as imagined by the creative company Carmichael Lynch. Photo: carmichaelcollective.com
Sheep now inhabit Hobbiton, the fictional town build for the “Lord of the Rings” in Matamata, New Zealand. Photo: Tara Hunt
Appearing 16 percent larger than average, a “supermoon” occurs when the moon’s closest point of orbit coincides with a full moon. Photo: Quynh Ton
How does she hover? An optical illusion is a trick played on the eye when visual perception differs from objective reality. Photo: Unknown
A Rube Goldberg machine is a complex contraption designed to perform a simple task, in this case write a letter. Watch the video: mini.melvinthemachine.com
In the hands of artist William Miller, a broken polaroid camera turns out amazing abstract art. Photo: williammillerphoto.com
The pleasing symmetry of this geometric pattern is actually the vault of York Minster cathedral, built by hand in 1286. Photo: davidstephensonart.com
“One Steak” spelled out with 1,500 one-liter bottles of water, the amount of water needed to produce a 4-ounce steak. Photo: Reuters
Drawn by hand, the art of Paul Cadden is rich with meticulously details that border on hyperrealism. Photo: paulcadden.com
A boy pauses as sheep and goats take to the streets in protest in the French city Brignoles. Photo: AFP
The wind passing through the Sagano bamboo forest has been identified as one of “one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan.” Photo: Donna & Stephan
Beginning with layers of wire mesh, sculptor Seung Mo Park slowly snips away areas to create giant ephemeral portraits like this one. Photo: Seung Mo Park
Space shuttle Discovery, retired after 39 trip to space, rides atop a 747 on its way to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.. Photo Tracy A. Woodward
Using only the focused rays of the sun, designer Markus Kayser created this bowl by melting layers of sand into glass, a process similar to 3D printing. Photo: markuskayser.com
Battered participants in 115 cities across the globe took part in fifth annual International Pillow Fight Day, April 7, 2012. Photo: Olivia Harris
Powered by a single off-the-shelf drill on a flowing plywood chassis, this electric vehicle hits top speeds of 15mph for up to 10 minutes at a time. Photo: rennholz.com
An optical illusion makes this lake in the Faroe Islands appear to tower above the sea. Photo: Jan Egil Kristianson
The dew drenched face of a insect, captured by photographer Ondrej Pakan. Photo: biker11.500px.com/portfolio/
Using what is referred to as “soup,” Mandy Barker transforms the plastic debris found floating in the sea into ingredients for her art. Photo: mandy-barker.com
Every year the city of Valencia in Spain celebrates Las Fallas, a noisy week of festivities climaxing in the burning of large papier mache figures. Photo: AFP
Although it appears to be a wave, this Lego surfer is actually riding an underwater plume of ink. Photo: Alberto Seveso
An intricate industrial landscape created from the negative space of a cut leaf, part of an ad campaign for Plant for the Planet. Photo: Legas Delaney
The other-worldly nature of this octopus is the result of a negative imaging process, in which all colors are reversed, with red appearing cyan, green appearing magenta, and blue appearing yellow. Photo: Sarah Jackson
The small town of Asiago, Italy shrouded in fog. Photo: Vittorio Polli
Lit from above and rotated to a particular angle, these seemingly abstract hand-carved sculptures by scientist and artist John Muntean suddenly cast discernable images. Photo: jvmuntean.com
The trained eye of photographer Bjoren Ewers rendered the cramped interior of this cello into a voluminous interior. Photo: Bjoren Ewers
Volcanic lighting, thought to be caused by colliding dust particles, is not a completely understood phenomena. Photo: EPA
Bedouin pose in front of the great pyramids of Egypt in this photograph from the 1870’s. Photo: New York Public Library
From Miles Davis to Kraftwerk, photographer Martin Klimas creates explosive sound paintings by playing music at high volume. Photo: Martin Klimas
Photographer Sannah Kvist invited friends to gather all of their belonging and pose for a project entitled “All I Own.” Photo: Sannah Kvist
Diners sit in the sparkling wake of a waterfall as they local cuisine in the tourist town of San Pablo City in the Philippines. Photo: Na Sana
Maddie the coonhound is currently posing and balancing her way across the U.S. with photographer and owner Theron Humphrey. Photo: maddieonthings.com
“Alphabet Topography” is a physical examination of letters and their frequency of use—“R,” used more often than “G,” is taller. Photo: synopticoffice.com
Using a focus technique called bokeh, Lee Peiling creates macro photographs of insects that could be mistaken for paintings. Photo: flickr.com/photos/twomeows
The Aurora Borealis, or northern lights, is named for the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek word for north wind, boreas. Photo: Ole Salomonsen
Designer Livia Ritthaler created a minimalistic gramophone from just three materials: paper, wood, and metal. Photo Livia Ritthaler
This Chameleon, the world’s smallest, was discovered off the coast of Madagascar and measures just 3cm long. Photo: Frank Glaw
Armed with LEDs and xenon flashlights, artist Trevor Willimas paints with light, using scenes from his adapted home, Japan, as a backdrop. Photo: Trevor Williams
The surface of Mars in false color, a technique used by geologists to study the mineral composition of landscapes. Photo: NASA
The treelike canopy of the Metropol Parasol is Seville, Spain invokes the sense of a shaded, open forest floor in the heart of the city. Photo: Hufton + Crow
“The Back Seat of My Car,” a series by Alicia Rius captures her vision of abandoned objects as hidden treasures. Photo: Alicia Rius
If human height varied as much as dogs, the smallest would be two feet tall and the tallest would tower 31 feet. Photo: Robert Clark
The personal kitchen of Gladys Valastro was influenced by her learnings as a designer of the first kitchen for handicapped living. Photo Sal Valastro
In 1848, a German glass blower invented marble scissors, a spherical mold that revolutionized the process of making marbles. Photo: whodeenee
Artist Max de Esteban meticulously disassembles old gadgets, photographing each layer, and then digitally constructs an x-ray like image. Photo: Max de Esteban
A calligrapher writes various characters meaning “dragon” to commemorate this year’s Chinese zodiac during lunar new year celebrations. Photo: Agence France-Presse
A top-ranked 400-meter runner and Olympic favorite, Oscar Pistorius had both lower legs amputated when he was 11 months old. Photo: Pieter Hugo
In 1978, a group of kids discovered a Ferrari buried in the backyard of their suburban LA home. Photo: Michael Haering
This unusual “blonde” penguin has isabellinism, a genetic mutation that dilutes the pigment of its feathers: Photo: David Stephens
Artist Tara Donovan transforms ordinary objects into imaginative forms, in this case styrofoam cups become buoyant clouds. Photo Tara Donovan
The International Space Station seems to hover over the moon’s surface, when in actuality the two are separated by nearly 240,000 miles. Photo: Lauren Harnett
Survivors of the Japanese tsunami visit the mangled remains of a pine tree that resembles a dragon, this year's Chinese zodiac symbol. Photo: Manichi Shinbun
Ben Bulben, a large rock formation thrust from the flat Irish countryside, is the setting of many Celtic legends. Photo: Unknown
Artist Brain Dettmer carves away at the pages of books, favoring out-of-date encyclopedias, to reveal the images within. Photo: Brain Dettmer
Light pillars, a natural phenomenon, are created by the reflection of light from ice crystals with near horizontal parallel planar surfaces. Photo: Tristan Greszko
Lucky pig (Glücksschwein) charms are believed to bring good luck in the New Year, the Swiss resort of Klosters goes one better with its annual pig race. Photo: Arno Balzarini
Tree-like shapes formed by rivers in Baja California desert, Mexico. Photo: Adriana Franco
Suffering from a sore neck while you work? Or stiff shoulders? Or having some back pain? There’s a good chance your eyes are to blame. Much like the old gambling adage, “the house always wins,” when it comes to being comfortable while working, ergonomists will tell you, “the eyes always wins.”
The eyes only care about their own comfort and to ensure that, they’ll force the rest of the body to contort into unhealthy positions. You’ll really notice this after a few hours in front of the computer.
One way to create a win-win situation for both your eyes and your body is to move your monitor. Try bringing it closer, moving it away, and adjusting it up or down—of course a monitor arm makes this easier to do. We also recommend increasing the size of the on-screen font. Make your eyes comfortable and your body will thank you.
Charles and Ray Eames kept many of the holiday cards they received over the years—cards from family and friends, including the likes for Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Eero and Lily Saarinen, and D.J. De Pree. Not surprising, considering the Eames’s inclination to collect and curate objects they found beautiful, intriguing, or particularly well designed.
For more holiday cards and Eames ephemera, visit the Library of Congress website, where you can view many of the over 1,000,000 Eames photos and documents housed in the Library’s collection.
Paper doesn’t require any special equipment—“All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” Designer Irving Harper has a way of making it sound easy; when you see his creations you realize it’s not. Harper is just humble and extraordinarily talented.
This fact becomes even more apparent when you reflect back on his long and distinguished career. A long-time member of George Nelson’s design office, Harper is widely acknowledged as the creator of some of the 20th century’s most iconic designs: the Marshmallow Sofa, the Ball Clock, and (something very close to our heart) the Herman Miller logo, among many well-known designs.
Much in same way he transforms paper into art, Irving Harper has always had a knack for turning humble materials and seemingly simple ideas into something special.
In Irving Harper’s hands, you can imagine any material to be versatile.
Apparently, when it comes to snowflakes, we’ve been misinformed.
Adriana, a young and energetic participant in We Care, fills me in, “There’s a factory up in the clouds, stamping the snow, and that’s what’s shaping the snowflakes. They could be the same or different—it depends.”
It’s undetermined whether this explanation had anything to do with the holiday card she was decorating at the time—covered in silver ink-stamped snowflakes.
Here in Holland, Michigan, Adriana was one of 225 kids and 50 employee volunteers stamping, gluing, and coloring during the Herman Miller-sponsored arts and crafts extravaganza known as We Care.
Steve Hightower, a Herman Miller employee and avid volunteer of six years, said his favorite part is “seeing the kids smiling and running around. They get a chance to do crafts that maybe they wouldn’t otherwise. It’s really cool.”
This year marks the 16th anniversary of We Care, our partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America and local design firms. We Care reaches 30 communities across North America and this holiday, more than 6,000 youngsters came to craft.
Working with local suppliers and manufacturers, we balance handcraft and industrial process. We utilize the newest technologies and latest materials to create a designer’s vision to the highest level of precision, durability, and sustainability. We then rely on skilled craftspeople to provide individual human touches: finishing, upholstering, and assembling each piece by hand.
These details make a difference; we believe that Charles would agree.