Balance, Design, Trends
May 16, 2013
Warmer weather delivers a few extra excuses for breaking out a bicycle for your work commute — or for just taking a break during a long day in your home office. In honor of tomorrow’s Bike to Work Day, here’s how a few work spaces accommodate the larger, sometimes unwieldy bodies of bicycles into their interior design (something we know a little bit about here at Herman Miller). Read more
May 15, 2013
Christy Lai and Michael John like the term “multidisciplinary.” We can see why; together, they have a lot going on. First there’s Colorcubic, their interactive studio specializing in UX/UI, 3D modeling, animation, and motion graphics. In addition to the studio, Christy and John run a record label called Nueva Forma. Nueva Forma produces and releases high-caliber records in multiple genres and — channeling their affinity for design — often produces limited-edition packaging as well. Next the duo plan to launch an online shop to sell their design products including music, apparel, and printed goods called The Color Bureau. For this week’s Playlist, they share a few tracks that inspire their multidisciplinary activities.
May 14, 2013
The shared home office of photographer Christy Cassano-Meyer and web developer Kyle Meyer is a charming blend of vintage and modern style. Take a look through their creative space in Portland, Oregon, in this tour led by Christy’s words and photographic eye. Read more
May 10, 2013
Here is a look at what we’ve been bookmarking this week.
1. NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s inaugural event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines, starts today and runs through May 21.
2. “12 Homes Made from Shipping Containers” at Design Milk.
3. This piece on the power of co-working spaces by the New York Times.
4. Esoteric Survey’s post on photos of the Eames House from the Aline and Eero Saarinen Papers.
5. Dexinger’s look at our new Mirra 2 work chair by Studio 7.5.
6. This mid-century modern home in Phoenix, Arizona, renovated by John P. Twigg and Steve Watson at Plastolux.
7. The light-filled Berlin home by architectural firm + Quehl Miethe featured at automatism.
8. Inthralld’s look at the loft that houses boutique billboard company Prince Media Co. in New York City.
9. Info on “Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America,” an exhibit beginning June 14 at Cranbrook Art Museum, on Dwell.com.
10. Another not-to-be-missed exhibition: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s retrospective show at Les Arts Decoratif in Paris beginning September 1. Details at It’s Nice That.
Featured in photo: Osso Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
May 8, 2013
The narrative-driven work of artist, illustrator and designer Andy J. Miller combines bold, figurative imagery with abstract details and patterns like stars, spots, icons, and more. Though modern in influence, the work has a handcrafted feel to it, at once introspective and emotive. In addition to client for work the likes of Sony and Smart Car, Andy created the Indie Rock Coloring Book, a charity collaboration with the Yellow Bird Project. His site Art Directions offers online pep talks to artists and creatives. In this week’s Playlist, we asked Andy take a moment to pep us up with a sampling of his music tastes. Lend your ears.
May 3, 2013
Take a look at what’s on our radar this week.
1. Beautiful photography of modern interiors captured by Michael Wells via Plastolux.
2. This interview with brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec on the Magis Facebook page.
3. Impressed by the launch of the new home decor site Domaine (and glad to see its love for Charles and Ray Eames).
4. Inspired by clue #4 in our “Everywhere in Your Day” contest: “Insane Photos Snapped From Kites” from Architizer.
5. “Brilliant Words of Advice from 14 Great Graphic Designers” (including Charles Eames) via Co.Design.
6. Contemporist’s feature on the simple elegance of Casa Sulla Morella by Studio Cittaarchitettura in Castelnovo di Sotto, Italy.
7. The fluorescent shades of green, yellow, and blue in this sports hall design in the Netherlands by Slangen + Koenis Architects (via Dezeen).
8. “Bold, punchy, in-your-face sculptures” by artist Matt W. Moore featured at It’s Nice That.
9. Interior Design‘s look back at the ”greatest hits” of Maharam, the textile company recently acquired by Herman Miller.
10. Don’t forget: May 5 is the last day to enter for a chance to win in our “Everywhere in Your Day” contest. Click here to find out more.
Featured in photo: Eames Desk Unit, Eames Storage Unit, and Eames Molded Plastic Chair by Charles and Ray Eames
May 1, 2013
Soon after moving to the Bay Area in 2007, Ryan Meis and Sarah Labieniec collaborated on a letterpress announcement for friends and family announcing their new digs. They enjoyed their collaboration so much, they founded Lab Partners to continue to explore their shared creative passions. With a focus on design and illustration, Sarah and Ryan approach visuals with a combination of imagination, storytelling, and craft. This week’s Playlist has the creative pair storytelling with music. Take a listen at what they have to say.
Balance, Design, Products
April 30, 2013
Since variety can be the spice of life and work, check out today’s clue for Herman Miller’s “Everywhere in Your Day” contest which leads us to Pinterest, a vast resource for variety.
Your living and working spaces shouldn’t be a stranger to variety either. Each has its own purpose, needs, and style. Here’s six great options for adding that Herman Miller touch everywhere you live and work.
*Don’t forget to play ”Everywhere in Your Day.” You could win great prizes, including a chance at the grand prize, an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman!
April 26, 2013
Get a glimpse at what we’ve been reading this week.
1. Cool Hunting’s preview of our redesigned Mirra 2 Chair by Studio 7.5.
2. Phaidon’s preview of the Wireframe Sofa by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin.
3. “The Psychology of Seating” at Dwell.com.
4. A look inside the portfolio of Sydney architect Madeleine Blanchfield, which demonstrates “the new Australian aesthetic,” at Desire to Inspire.
5. More from Australia: this simple modern home by architect Jessica Liew in Melbourne (via HomeDSGN).
6. 10 chalets, spas, and sanctuaries that help combat stress via Architizer.
7. This south-facing home just above the Miño River in Spain, built mostly of glass and concrete, at Inthralld.
8. The mix of mid-century modern and vintage industrial style at Irvine-based design firm Mattson Creative, courtesy of California Home + Design.
9. The American Institute of Architects’ top ten sustainable projects of the year, covered at Dezeen.
10. Did you see the making of our “Everywhere in Your Day” contest video? If not, be sure to check it out here.
Featured in photo: Branca Chair by San Hecht and Kim Colin