June 27, 2013
Head to Brooklyn for a tour through this thoughtfully considered home office for two — the shared space of executive coach Dea McKenzie and creative director Jorge Naranjo. (We especially appreciate how its pops of color find balance with a pair of neutral Eames Aluminum Group Management Chairs.) Here, Dea tells us how their work styles differ — and offers a few a smart tips for making the most of working from home. Read more
June 26, 2013
Everybody loves getting a little “extra.” So as a musical bonus, we invited our past Playlist contributors to share “One More Song” from their workday music mixes. So stretch out on your Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman or chill out on the patio in your Medici Chair Outdoor and listen to the bonus tracks they fancied. Enjoy!
June 25, 2013
Multi-talented and multi-tasking Carina Schott created the online boutique and blog NonchalantMom from her own need to to find great toys, clothes, and information on natural parenting, all in one place. Here she talks about how she built her professional life around her parenting and combined both within the space of her Rhode Island home. Read more
Balance, Design, Products
June 24, 2013
When the clouds part and the sunshine appears, why not shift some of your workweek out of doors? The change of venue and plentiful oxygenation might just move you past that creative block or administrative obstacle you’ve been fighting. Consider these six ways take your work outdoors.
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 19, 2013
At an early age, German-born designer Blair Prietz began developing a worldly perspective as his father’s work took them around the globe from the UK, to Okinawa, to California. Recently graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Industrial Design program, Blair has relocated again to Brooklyn. His worldly and creative perspective is now being put to use at Williamsburg-based design studio AREAWARE. We asked Blair to develop a worldly mix for this week’s Playlist. Take a listen.
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 17, 2013
It’s been an extraordinary year for a few of the designs Charles Eames created with his wife Ray. In the last year, we have seen the debut of the Molded Plastic Side Chair re-imagined in wood. Just recently, it was announced that Eames Molded Plastic Chairs will be produced in environmentally sustainable fiberglass with a spectrum of rich, vintage colors. Today would have been Charles’ 106th birthday — so here are six great ways to celebrate him.