Brooklyn writer and editor Amy Feezor has spent her career crafting copy for magazines like Real Simple, where she spent the last five years. She's an avid traveler who obsesses over design, food, and photography at m-dashing.com
June 20, 2013
We’ve got Michigan museums on the brain this week: first with a look at the Cranbrook Art Museum’s Michigan Modern exhibition, and now with news that the Henry Ford in Dearborn has acquired an original kiosk designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Originally crafted for use in the fair’s IBM Pavilion, the kiosk is one of two known to survive. (The other one was acquired by Vitra in 2006.) Charles and Ray designed it to resemble a colorful tent-like structure — complete with pennants — and used iron, walnut, and plastic laminate in its construction. This kiosk originally housed interactive exhibit elements that were part of a program the Eames Office created to explain the impact of IBM’s computing technology. “It is a powerful and appealing artifact,” said the museum’s chief curator Marc Greuther. “And it’s a reminder that Charles and Ray Eames could apply lightness of touch and whimsy to serious yet fun exhibit design.”
The kiosk is a highly significant Eames artifact, to be sure, but it also relates to the broader topic of world’s fairs — a subject the Henry Ford continues to explore, particularly in its visiting exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s. For a more detailed tour of the pavilion, take a look at this video explanation from Daniel Ostroff, editor of EamesDesigns.com. (We’re also fans of this roundup of the fair at Esoteric Survey.) Visiting Michigan soon? Be sure to check out the Henry Ford at thehenryford.org.
Photography courtesy of Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)
June 18, 2013
Michigan’s role in the development of American mid-century Modernism is something we’re very familiar with at Herman Miller (our headquarters is in Zeeland, MI, after all). And this weekend, an exhibit at the Cranbrook Academy of Art near Detroit opened to celebrate our state’s outstanding contributions to design and the people who made it happen. Read more
June 11, 2013
We’ve been intrigued by a story recently making the rounds of a Littleton, Colorado, couple who discovered the chair they purchased a year ago at a yard sale was actually an original Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair from 1946. Sarah Keepers and James Hull paid $5 for the design. They had been keeping the chair in their garage and were about to donate it to charity when Sarah happened to turn it over and notice its Herman Miller label. After confirming its origins with a local Herman Miller Workplace Resources office, they learned that similar first-edition chairs by Charles and Ray Eames have fetched anywhere from $14,000 to $150,000.
It’s certainly a tale of good luck, a good deal, and good design. And just for the record, the video interview of the couple calls Herman Miller’s founder “J.D. Du Pree” (it’s D.J. De Pree, but we won’t hold it against anyone) and refers to Charles Eames as “Chuck,” but it’s still a remarkable story that we think would have made them both smile. Check it out here.
Design, Products, Trends
June 10, 2013
The doors of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart opened up this morning for guests attending the first day of NeoCon 2013 — and Herman Miller was right there to welcome them. The South Lobby entrance to the annual commercial interior design conference has currently been transformed into the Herman Miller Lounge, a place for people to spend a few moments relaxing, connecting with clients and colleagues, or simply recharging their gadgets.
The space is there to help make managing the conference easier. But it also happens to showcase — in quite a vivid way — some of our newest offerings and updated designs. Notably, anchoring the plaza-like setting is a long Layout Studio Table surrounded by Eames Aluminum Group Management Chairs upholstered in vibrant Alexander Girard Hopsak material. Along the sides, Eames Sofa Compact designs in classic Maharam Pressed Plaid join Nelson Pedestal Tables and new Eames Molded Fiberglass Shell Rockers to add comfort, utility, and an eye-catching punch of color.
It’s just a taste of the people-focused design solutions we’re presenting in our main showrooms during this year’s exhibition. If you’re at the show, please stop by Suites 318, 321, and 330 to experience our breakthrough “Living Office” concept. Not at NeoCon? Get a sneak peak at our spaces — which were just awarded “Large Showroom Winner” and “Best of Competition” — at hermanmiller.com/neocon-2013.
June 10, 2013
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June 7, 2013
Here’s what caught our eye this week.
1. “An Idea Whose Time Has Come,” Metropolis Magazine’s in-depth look at Herman Miller’s new “Living Office” vision.
2. The renovation of this charming 1920s bungalow in Venice, California, by Frank Clementi and Julie Smith-Clementi (via California Home + Design).
3. Apartment Therapy’s announcement of the winners of its Small Cool Contest 2013. Congrats!
4. The annual Pavilion structure from London’s Serpentine Gallery, this year designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, covered at It’s Nice That.
5. Core 77′s new series on understanding wood material.
6. The Refuge du Goûter, an eco-friendly “high-altitude hotel,” now the highest building in France (via Inhabitat).
7. A video from Dezeen featuring designer Stephen Burks explaining how the High Line elevated park in New York City is helping to transform the surrounding area.
8. The interior of this clean-lined loft space in London designed by Craft Design via Contemporist.
9. News of “Essential Eames,” a new exhibition at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum, at TODAYonline.
10. Herman Miller is now on Instagram. Be sure to follow us here.
Featured in photo: Nelson Platform Bench by George Nelson, now 15% off in the Herman Miller Summer Sale. Details here.
June 6, 2013
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June 6, 2013
Detroit-based creative studio Midcoast is best known for the Computer Generated imagery (CGI) and commercial photography it produces for clientele like Harley-Davidson, Sea Ray, HGTV, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep. After this office tour, it might also be known for the pops of color in its newly renovated interior provided by Bill Stumpf and Jeff Weber’s Embody Chair. Take a look. Read more
June 4, 2013
Get a look at a vintage, possibly one-of-a-kind executive desk designed by George Nelson in our latest tour, compliments of Damion Michaels of Ephu Studios in New Orleans. Read more