Brooklyn writer and editor Amy Feezor has spent her career crafting copy for magazines like Real Simple, where she's spent the last five years. She's an avid traveler who obsesses over design, food, and photography at m-dashing.com
March 5, 2013
A view from the corner office (or any office, for that matter) may be a natural craving after all. We asked Betty Hase, a workplace strategist and leader of Herman Miller’s Advanced Knowledge and Applications team, about the importance of an outside view when setting up your workspace. Here’s what she had to say.
March 1, 2013
Get a look at what we’ve been reading about this week.
1. The inspiring South Yarra Pool House in Victoria, Australia, featured on Contemporist.
2. “The 12 Trends That Will Rule Products in 2013” by Co.Design.
3. This infographic on 29 Ways To Be Creative at DesignTAXI.
4. How do you feel about Yahoo’s move to end work-from-home arrangements for its employees? (Via The Wall Street Journal.)
5. A look at architecture in movies via Architizer.
6. The exhibit on Louis Kahn — one of the 20th century’s most influential, and lesser-known, architects — featured at The Guardian.
7. Tommaso Sartori’s haunting photos of furnishings in a concrete-constructed modern home at Plastolux.
8. Minimalissimo’s peek inside photographer Nicholas Alan Cope’s upcoming book “Whitewash,” which explores the minimalist urban architecture of Los Angeles in black and white.
9. The U Hostel in Madrid (via Ideas to Steal) makes it tempting to consider backpacking around Europe again.
10. The thoughtful details in the Buenos Aires home of architect and chef Marcia Krygier at FvF.
Featured in photo: Paso Doble Chair Outdoor; Eames Wire Base Low Table Outdoor; Nelson Pedestal Table Outdoor
February 28, 2013
The first to explore the early life and work of designer Ray Eames, the “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design” exhibition opened last weekend at the California Museum in Sacramento, where Bernice Alexandra “Ray” Kaiser was born on December 15, 1912.
Featuring work produced prior to meeting husband Charles in 1941, the show includes more than 100 original works and rarely-seen artifacts from Eames Office and the Eames family’s collections. A new perspective on Ray’s 60-year career in the arts as well as her role as Charles’ equal partner in the Eames Office, the exhibit details the work of one of the 20th century’s most influential — yet largely unknown — artists.
A fitting celebration of Ray’s centennial, “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design” will remain open until February 23, 2014. Not currently in or near Sacramento? You can find several sneak peeks of the show now on the Facebook pages of the California Museum and the Eames Office.
February 26, 2013
Sizeable and sculptural, Konstantin Grcic’s Medici Chair is a love song to wood — the raw material, the woodworking process, and the craftsmen who transform the material into something both beautiful and useful. Grcic, who first trained as a cabinet-maker, found inspiration for the piece on the factory floor of manufacturer Mattiazzi, where traditional woodworking techniques meet the newest digital production technologies. His approach from the start: use only three-quarter-inch planks throughout — a reminder of the beginning of the production process, when a tree trunk is cut into slices. The result is a visible, easy-to-read structure that uniquely expresses the distinct characteristics of wood.
A contemporary interpretation of the classic Adirondack chair, the outdoor version of this semi-reclined design uses thermo-oiled ash, a finish that employs a new process of heat-treating and hand-oiling to seal the wood and keep it moisture-resistant. Get it just in time for the new spring season at the Herman Miller store.
February 22, 2013
Take a look at what we’ve been reading.
1. The thoughtful renovation of this home in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles via Dwell.
2. Swiss Miss’s smart Desk Swap project.
3. This TEDx Talk on “Why You Should Be an Artist Right Now,” found via GOOD.
4. 12 fabulous fireplaces at Design Milk.
5. This video preview of the A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California exhibition, opening June 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
6. The Rieteiland House by Hans van Heeswijk Architects in Amsterdam spotted by design d’autore.
7. The LA Times’ coverage of the prints benefiting the preservation of the Eames House.
8. Productivity tips for getting your email inbox to zero (think it’s possible?) at Fast Company.
9. “Beyond The White Cube: 6 Experimental Museums” from Co.Design.
10. The moody and slightly eerie photos of old Apple computers in abandoned spaces featured at Digital Arts.
Featured in photo: Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair Outdoor; Eames Table Contract Base Round Outdoor
February 21, 2013
Palm Springs is more than halfway through its annual Modernism Week, and timeless design from Herman Miller is along for the ride. This weekend, take our Spun Chair for a roll, check out beloved classics, and get a sneak peek at a few upcoming offerings at the Modern Living Expo. Just one of the many events celebrating mid-century modern design, architecture, and culture, the Expo showcases the latest in home furnishings and accessories, smart home technology, green living, and the designers who bring them all to life. Find out about its how-to seminars, live music, food trucks, and Pre-Fab Housing Exhibit and Vintage Trailer Show now at modernlivingexpo.com and modernismweek.com.
Photos: Christine Kim/Secret Agent PR
February 19, 2013
Designer Javier García keeps himself busy not only as an industrial-designer-turned-graphic-designer/illustrator working in San Francisco, but also as an avid collector of mid-century modern design. Take a peek inside his Bay Area home office — a treasure trove of vintage pieces, including several by Charles and Ray Eames — in our latest tour. Read more
February 15, 2013
Take a look at what we’ve loved on the web this week.
1. “How ‘Playboy’ Magazine Helped Make Eames and Mies Famous” at Co.Design.
2. Architzer’s roundup of homes inspired by Southern California modernism.
3. A look at the latest crop of designer hostels at Wallpaper*.
4. This article on “container urbanism” at Design Observer.
5. “Homemade,” a clean-cut, single-family residence by London-based design studio Bureau de Change at designboom.
6. Alan Friedman’s astonishing HD photos of the sun shot from his own backyard, via Colossal.
7. Design*Sponge’s tour of the Brooklyn home of graphic designer Jason Santa Maria and landscape and architectural designer Megan Born.
8. The latest free desktop wallpaper from The Fox Is Black, this time designed by Eight Hour Day.
9. The Windows of New York illustration project spotted by swissmiss.
10. Caught on to the “Harlem Shake” meme that’s sweeping the Internet? If anything, it’s giving us an interesting and unexpected look into a few workspaces across the globe, like this one from College Humor (check out all those Aerons), this studio in London with a pair of Mirra Chairs, and this one of AOL/HuffPost and its Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table.
Featured in photo: Chair_One Stacking; Eames Table Contract Base Round Outdoor
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 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