December 31, 2012
The last year has given us a look inside several remarkable home offices — but we’ve also been inspired by the professional offices and creative studios that opened their doors to us. Take one more tour with this roundup of 2012′s most memorable spaces (like Candy Black, above), and we’ll see you in the new year. Read more
December 28, 2012
Every Friday, we scour the Web to present our weekly picks for the ten best articles published by design-minded sites, blogs, and magazines. During this final full week of 2012, however, we’re taking a look at the top ten posts that inspired us, challenged us, and kept us thinking all year long. Enjoy — and see you back here next Friday with our first list for the new year.
1. A must-see: “The Handmade Process Behind Your Eames Chair,” an insightful video taken in our manufacturing facility by Co.Design.
2. The launch of the George Nelson Foundation’s new website, created by Hello Design, at georgenelsonfoundation.org.
3. Yves Béhar’s keynote speech on why designers should love the design process via 99U.
4. Dwell’s Q&A about authentic design with Marj Mojzak, Herman Miller’s Director of Retail.
5. “Ray’s Displays: The Thoughtful Displays of Ray Eames” at the Archives of American Art blog.
6. The New York Times‘ interview with Hilda Longinotti, George Nelson’s former secretary and oftentimes furniture model (check her out alongside the Nelson Marshmallow Sofa in the article’s featured photo).
7. “The Wit and Wisdom of Alexander Girard” from Metropolis Magazine.
8. The can’t-be-missed photos in “LIFE With Charles and Ray Eames: The Simple Art of Beauty” at life.time.com.
9. This insightful interview at Mr. Porter with Jason Cohn, writer and co-director of Eames: The Architect and the Painter.
10. The Design and Architecture Crossword from the New York Times and Design Within Reach. (Here’s a hint for 95 Across.)
Photo: Francois Dischinger for Herman Miller / Eames Softpad Side Chairs, Eames Table Segmented Base
December 27, 2012
Throughout 2012, we’ve gotten glimpses inside the home offices of some the most creative professionals around (such as artist Andrew Neyer, who shared his Cincinnati-based workspace, above). Take a look back at a few of our favorites — and stay tuned for more tours, interviews, and inspiration in 2013. Read more
December 26, 2012
After 12 months of living, working, and listening, Lifework has amassed an ear-tingling selection of great playlists from all over the globe. Playlists came in from all around the Americas, even Europe and Asia. Review the sonic side of last year with the Best of the Playlists from 2012.
December 25, 2012
If you’re celebrating today, we wish you a good one. Happy holidays from Lifework!
Image: “Peace on Earth” by Alexander Girard, available as holiday cards from Amazon.
December 24, 2012
The big holiday is less than 24 hours away. . . Need to tie a final bow on your shopping? Consider these six creative, thoughtful, and right-to-the-last-minute gift ideas.
Balance, Design, Trends
December 21, 2012
Check out what we’ve been bookmarking over the week — one that was especially full of Ray Eames coverage, post her 100th birthday celebration. . .
1. How the house of Charles and Ray Eames created new thinking in modern living, via Inhabitat.
2. Apartment Therapy’s gift guide for a home office.
3. Dwell’s roundup of inspirational shipping-container homes.
4. This interview with Charles and Ray’s grandson Eames Demetrios by the Japan Times Online.
5. On a related note, Ray Eames’ elephants meet real elephants in this short film by Eames Demetrios, uploaded by the Eames Office on YouTube.
6. Silo 468, an interactive light installation built to commemorate Helsinki’s “World Design Capital” status, via Design Milk.
7. Lifehacker’s Most Popular Featured Workspaces of 2012.
8. “The Woman Behind the Eames Chair” at Legacy.com.
9. Useful advice on how to make the most of working from home from the New York Times.
10. The Eameses’ “Powers of 10” Re-Imagined by 40 Artists at Co.Design.
Photo: Francois Dischinger for Herman Miller / Nelson X-leg Tables, Eames Molded Plastic Chairs
December 20, 2012
When she’s not working in midtown Manhattan, book cover designer and lifestyle blogger Anna Dorfman splits her time between two places (and, consequently, two work spaces): one in a small rental apartment in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, and the other in the city of Newburgh in upstate New York, where she’s slowly renovating an 1891 Victorian row house she shares with her husband Evan and two dogs, Bruno and Fritz. (You can see the home’s progress regularly on her blog, Door Sixteen.) Get a glimpse of both home offices (as well as Anna’s growing Eames collection) in this quick tour. Read more
December 19, 2012
This week brings the mixed and mingling musical selections of Seattle-based Hum Creative. Hum creates bespoke and beautiful brands and design for everyone from corporate giants like Starbucks and Microsoft to indie songsmiths like She & Him. Read and listen as Hum Creative creates their own buzz in this week’s Playlist.
December 18, 2012
Just how organized is the workspace of a professional organizer? Find out in this tour inside the home office of Justin Klosky, founder and Creative Director of O.C.D. Experience, a bi-coastal organizing service. (Plus, there’s a bonus: Justin is offering up a few organizing tips tailored just for the holiday season.) Read more