February 14, 2013
Designer Gregory Roth approaches his work from a multidisciplinary perspective, having studied visual arts as well as graphic and architectural design. His work reflects this background, demonstrating his abiding interest in the interplays of colors, shapes, spatial layerings, and textures. He has designed commercial, restaurant, and residential projects for two decades, and most recently, has applied his creative focus to the delectably delicious as VP of Design for LA-based bakery Modern Bite. Here, he shares a tour of his home office — as well as some insight into the things that keep him motivated and inspired. Read more
February 13, 2013
If designer Colleen Hill isn’t art directing for Goodby Silverstein & Partners, you might find her teaching interaction design and visual communications at her alma mater, the College for Creative Studies. Of course, if she’s not there, she might be leading the Detroit chapter of the AIGA as its president. Yep, Colleen is pretty busy. So if she hasn’t turned up in one of those locales, try turning up her atmospheric audio selections in this week’s Playlist.
February 12, 2013
Our evolving, increasingly more-digital lives allow for a home office that’s a bit less reliant on paper — but that doesn’t mean that there’s not still stuff to organize and store in your workspace. For the everyday items you rely on to get work done, consider a timeless solution that George Nelson introduced back in 1946: the Nelson Basic Cabinet Series.
Created to fill the basic need for storage and display with beautiful, simple details, these cabinets and cases are a refinement of Nelson’s ongoing research into storage furniture that started with his pioneering “Storagewall” modular concept featured in 1945 in Life magazine. A practical, standardized system of casegoods that can combine and adapt to a variety of uses, the series’ versatile combination of drawers, shelves, and cabinets may stand alone or be securely stacked atop another landmark design: the Platform Bench. One of the most flexible and useful units in the series, the multipurpose piece may function as a high base for deep and shallow cases, as a low table, or as extra seating (always a plus).
To see various configurations of the Nelson Basic Cabinet Series in action, check out the photos below. And for more organizing and storage ideas, visit store.hermanmiller.com.
February 11, 2013
The hue of the heart, the pigment of passion, and of course a delightful dye for design, red is the perfect color for warming the heart, hearth, and home. Here are a few ways to red for your Valentine’s Day week.
February 8, 2013
Here’s a look at what we’ve been bookmarking this week.
1. “The Untold Story of How the Aeron Chair Was Born” at Co.Design.
2. 12 backyard office pods from Inthralld.
3. Designs by Charles and Ray Eames (molded plastic chairs, an Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair) found by Automatism.
4. Jauntsetter’s tour of Zubehaus, the upstate New York home owned by Fab.com founder Bradford Shellhammer.
5. This clip from 1967 featuring Walter Cronkite previewing 21st-century technology — and his foreshadowing of how it could change the way we work at home — via FORA.tv.
6. Six things to know when setting up a home office from Kiplinger.
7. The light and airy home of Jesper and Majbritt in Copenhagen, Denmark, spotted by Lovenordic Design Blog.
8. ArchDaily’s look at Interstice, a settlement house from the 1930s rehabilitated by Fabi Architekten BDA in Regensburg, Germany.
9. The just-opened AETHER shop in San Francisco made entirely of shipping containers (and decorated with a pair of Eames Lounge Chairs) via The Fox Is Black.
10. Normann Szkop’s inspiring aerial photos of tulip fields in the Netherlands at Colossal.
Featured in photo: Eames Sofa; Eames Wire Base Elliptical Table; Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair with upholstered seat and back
February 7, 2013
The work spaces at Chris Barrett Design in Los Angeles, CA, vary — from open, collaborative desktops and vintage seating on the main floor, to the cozy personal office (complete with a plush Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair) of its owner, interior designer Chris Barett. Take a look at this creative studio — a converted warehouse space at the old Santa Monica Studios — in this tour, courtesy of Apartment Therapy Tech. Read more
February 6, 2013
Artist Thedor Erkamps has a lot of colorful expressions – namely his beguiling, mid-century and contemporary design-themed prints. Benefiting from his affinity for patterns and vibrant color, his works can be seen in restaurants, schools, and homes around the world, as well as on his Etsy store. In today’s Playlist, Thedor shares the eclectic patterns of his listening habits.
February 5, 2013
Practical, hard-working, and artful, the Eames Storage Unit is emblematic of the grace and vision designers Charles and Ray Eames used in solving home furnishing problems. A result of work they exhibited in 1949 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the unit reveals the “machine aesthetic” and Japanese influences important to the Eameses at the time. The wire cross-supports echo other familiar Eames designs, including Eames wire chairs and wire-base tables, as well as the design of the Eames House, Case Study House #8, in Pacific Palisades, CA.
With a defined grid of shelving, drawers, and cases in an array of sizes and configurations, the units are a candid response to the never-ending need for a place to organize and keep things. The uprights, cross-supports, and perforated panels ensure stability; a selection of decorative options, from painted color-block hardboard panels to molded plywood sliding doors, add a touch of playfulness. Here’s how a few homes and home offices use the classic — often called “working art” — to keep their space streamlined. Read more
Balance, Design, Products
February 4, 2013
Is it your New Year’s resolution to organize your living and working spaces? Does a well-designed storage solution improve your sanity? This week’s Roundup has your spatial needs – and mental wellness – in mind with these six ways to storage and organization.
February 1, 2013
A look at what’s been on our radar this week.
1. The tour of Hodgson House, the 1950′s home of Herman Miller consulting creative directors Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows, at Mr. Porter.
2. “Where I Work,” a new LinkedIn photo series featuring the workspaces of various thought leaders.
3. New York City’s first prefab apartment tower, scheduled to rise in 2015, featured at Co.Design.
4. “30 Cozy Attic Home Office Design Ideas” at Homedit.
5. A step inside the Nervous System design firm in Boston via Design Milk.
6. “Insanely Simple Work-Life Balance Shortcuts From People Who ‘Have It All’” at Fast Company.
7. Automatism’s post on the house that recently won the “Danish Fairest Home” contest. (We particularly like the Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair in the den.)
8. DesignTAXI’s coverage of a new app that “gives your photos a ‘mid-century modern’ twist.”
9. This review of the upcoming book Irving Harper: Works in Paper at Collectors Weekly.
10. The quietly dramatic L House by Florian Busch Architects in Japan, found by ArchDaily.
Featured in photo: Scissor Chairs; Tuxedo Corner Sofa with Attached Sofa; Noguchi Table; Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, White Ash; Eames Walnut Stools