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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.
As the waning weeks of the season whistle by, equip your Eames Wire Base Low night table or Nelson Basic Cabinet Series Bookcase with a little design reading with these six great books of art and design.
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.
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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).
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.
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
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.
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