September 18, 2012
Furniture designs by Ray and Charles Eames are instantly recognizable — think Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Eames Molded Plastic Armchair, Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair — but the design they crafted for films, exhibitions, toys, advertisements, brochures, and posters are the focus of a new exhibit in London, “Addressing the Need: The Graphic Design of the Eames Office.”
Spotlighting Eames-made material never exhibited before (much of it rare), this show at the PM Gallery and House takes a look at the creative process the pair — and architect and a painter — used to meet the needs of each design project they undertook. (“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design,” Charles once said.) The exhibition runs through November 3. Per the Eames Office, plans are in the works to bring the show to Santa Monica at the end of 2013.
Get details at ealing.gov.uk. For an insightful video overview from the BBC featuring Charles and Ray’s grandson Eames Demetrios and curator Carol Swords, visit bbc.co.uk.
June 14, 2012
Still smarting from the end of this season of Mad Men? (And can we make it through another year without being able to spot the mid-century modern pieces popping up in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce?) While you wait, get your design fix from a few modern-day ad agencies that Don Draper — or perhaps his design-loving wife Megan — would be proud to call home.
Balance, Design, Trends
April 6, 2012
A look at what’s been on our radar over the past week.
1. The foldaway features in a small apartment found on home-designing.com (check out the drop-away desk/Eames molded plywood lounge chair combo).
2. “6 Brilliant Studios Perfect For The Eco Artist” from Inhabitat.
3. Inthralld’s post on shipping pallets being used in office spaces (above).
4. A few workspaces that inspire over at Decor8.
5. Mesmerized by this digital map upgrade from San Francisco-based tech and design studio Stamen (via veryshortlist.com).
6. Did you enter your workspace for a chance to win on Design Milk?
7. If you’re still looking for spring break ideas, take a gander at these three cool cabins you can rent at Yosemite (via If It’s Hip, It’s Here).
8. “Woody Allen, Creative Management Genius” at Design Observer.
July 5, 2011
We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. Here’s a roundup that takes its inspiration from red, white and blue.
1. QLOCKTWO TOUCH, $599.00 A matrix of characters spell out the time using LED technology in this conversation-starting table alarm clock. Get it: Biegert & Funk
2. Letter Holder Bookend, $45.00 Clear clutter from your workspace with this smart two-in-one solution. Get it: mollaspace.com
3. Tape Dispenser, $8.00 Add a small pop of color and clean lines to your desk with this charming design. Get it: Poppin
4. Truncheon Task Light Designer Cmmnwlth’s simple lamp is fashioned out of traditional materials and shaped by advanced digital technology. (Contact vendor for pricing.) Get it: Matter
5. Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair with Wood Base, $909.00 The gently curved shapes of these iconic chairs paired with a red aniline stained veneer finish are a firecracker combo. Get it: Herman Miller
Images linked to their sources within the numbered text
May 14, 2010
The Herman Miller team is gathering in New York City today in preparation for the launch of ICFF tomorrow. Look out for us at the Herman Miller stand (booth 1624). I’ll be blogging live so feel free to come over and say hello! Also look out for the painted Eames molded plywood chairs on display in the Barneys‘ windows on Madison and 61st. They’ve been re-imagined by street artists as part of the Operation Design auction – you can buy them online on EBAY.