January 31, 2013
Last October, Herman Miller sponsored Fortune’s “The Most Powerful Women” conference in California. Herman Miller asked the attendees of the conference about the books that inspire them. The result was an eclectic, wide-ranging list of fiction and non-fiction.
To keep the inspiration going, Herman Miller has donated these books to the teen girls of Step Up. Here are six examples to help you share in the flow of inspiration.
January 30, 2013
Architect Karen O’Leary creates fully realized cities every day without a single brick or beam. Her cities can be seen in hotels, retail stores, restaurants, and books — and on her online store, StudioKMO, naturally. How? Karen’s cities and towns are actually mind-blowing, meticulous, hand-cut paper maps and ink drawings. In her own words, a map is “more than just a navigational tool, it also tells a story.” In this week’s Playlist, Karen provides a little bit of her story. Take a listen.
January 29, 2013
Three years ago, Paul and Liz David decided to leave life in Los Angeles behind and return to their Midwestern roots by moving their home (and their son) to Omaha, Nebraska. Today, they share an office where Paul runs the graphic design company Basik Design, and Liz works part-time as a freelance photo editor. In this latest tour, Paul give us a glimpse at the couple’s extensive collection of furnishings — a smart mix of contemporary and classic designs. Read more
January 28, 2013
We’ve written about Herman Miller’s connection to Star Trek before (the sets for the “Star Trek: Enterprise” and “Star Trek: Voyager” TV series both featured Stefano Giovannoni’s futuristic Bombo Stool). But it wasn’t until recently that we discovered that William Shatner — Captain James T. Kirk himself — uses one of our now-classic office chairs in the production of his one-man stage show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.” Read more
January 25, 2013
Here’s a rundown of where we’ve been this week.
1. Pop Photo’s look at this intriguing Polaroid SX-70 camera promotional video created by Charles and Ray Eames in 1972.
2. The spacious Casa Fray León by 57STUDIO in Chile (via Plastolux).
3. This thoughtfully designed apartment interior by Egue & Seta in Santa Caterina, Spain, found at Contemporist.
4. This glittering installation in Oslo featuring 8,064 floating LED lights (via Inhabitat).
5. Could this prefab sleeping cabin at Design Milk make an interesting home office?
6. Inspired by the imagination behind this “giant” concept for electrical towers in Iceland (via Inthralld).
7. All of the home-office eye candy at minimaldesks.com.
8. The tour of this beachy home belonging to Kirsty Davey and Simon Taylor at the Design Files. (Their home office — and Eames Molded Plastic Armchair — is in the photo above by Brooke Holm).
9. “Living Small in an Architectural Landmark, Brooklyn Edition” at Remodelista.
10. We’re saying goodbye and thank you to our sister blog Discover this week. Its influence will still be a felt here at Lifework, however: its popular “Eye Delight” and “Sighted” posts will become some of our regular features — so stay tuned for more inspiration to come.
Photo: Brooke Holm / The Design Files
January 24, 2013
Check out Eye Delight-2011 and Eye Delight-2012 for more interesting images.
January 24, 2013
Check out Sighted 2012 for more inspiring photos.
January 24, 2013
After four years on an international tour, the traveling exhibition “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher” is winding down its final days at Nelson’s own alma mater: Yale School of Architecture. If you’re in the New Haven, CT, area, you still have a couple of days to see the exhibit, the first of its kind focused on Nelson’s remarkable career (which includes his time as Herman Miller’s Director of Design from 1947 – 1972). Not able to make it before it closes on January 26? Get a glimpse in these photos of the retrospective, which includes more than 120 examples of Nelson’s home and office furnishings, and more than 50 of his drawings, photographs, architectural models, films, and other materials. Read more
January 23, 2013
Sea Chant is the collaborative project of filmmaker Andrew Gallo and photographer Carissa Gallo. Partnering with other like-minded creatives, brands, and artisans, the Gallos integrate their respective creative disciplines to tell rich and engaging stories in pictures, sound, and video. Andrew and Carissa integrate their thoughts on music and working together in this week’s Playlist.
January 22, 2013
Originally designed for children, the always-cheerful Eames Hang-It-All rack is at home wherever adults work and play, too. Here’s how the beloved coat rack by Charles and Ray Eames stacks up in a few home offices and studios (and, of course, in one playroom, too). Read more