April 11, 2013
Here at Herman Miller the “Everywhere in Your Day” contest is in full swing. Rounding out the first week, we present these six items inspired by today’s contest clue, now awaiting your clever, watchful eye. And don’t forget to enter here — you could win the grand prize of an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman!
Balance, Design, Products
March 8, 2013
Here’s what we’ve been viewing this week.
1. A quick tour inside the Ray Eames exhibit at the California Museum in Sacramento via Esoteric Survey.
2. Le Prado, a warm, welcoming home near the beaches of Marseilles, France, spotted by Design Milk.
3. More from Marseilles, this time from Contemporist: the simple and elegant Vieux Port Pavilion by Foster + Partners.
4. Co.Design’s peek inside a new book on Irving Harper, who designed Herman Miller’s logo and contributed to the design of George Nelson’s Marshmallow Sofa.
5. A surprising house design by Aires Mateus in Leiria, Portugal, found at I Need a Guide.
6. The Makoko Floating School project by NLÉ architects at designboom.
7. Remodelista’s roundup of “smart and skinny” houses in Japan.
8. Great shots by photographer Alan Wanzenberg at Plastolux. (We’re fans of the nicely lit image of a pair of Eames Walnut Stools.)
9. This chat with David Calvin Laufer, who presents interviews with George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, and Buckminster Fuller, among others, in his book Dialogues with Creative Legends and Aha Moments in a Designer’s Career (via Peachpit).
10. The renovated LeRoy Neiman Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Be sure to check out its interesting combo of Eames designs and colorful Caper chairs. (Via Retail Design Blog.)
Featured in photo: Eames Molded Plastic Chair; Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair; Nelson X-Leg Table
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.
Balance, Design, Products
February 4, 2013
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.
January 24, 2013
After four years on an international tour, the traveling exhibition “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher” is winding down its final days at Nelson’s own alma mater: Yale School of Architecture. If you’re in the New Haven, CT, area, you still have a couple of days to see the exhibit, the first of its kind focused on Nelson’s remarkable career (which includes his time as Herman Miller’s Director of Design from 1947 – 1972). Not able to make it before it closes on January 26? Get a glimpse in these photos of the retrospective, which includes more than 120 examples of Nelson’s home and office furnishings, and more than 50 of his drawings, photographs, architectural models, films, and other materials. Read more
Design, Products, Trends
January 21, 2013
Through January 26, the Yale School of Architecture is featuring “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher,” an exhibition taking a look at the pioneering designer’s work, including iconic furniture pieces like the Marshmallow Sofa and Platform Bench, his innovative workspace designs, and much more. Take a long weekend and catch the exhibit along with these six ways to explore the surroundings in New Haven, CT.
January 11, 2013
Here’s a look at where we’ve been this week.
1. Alexander Lange’s review of Yale’s George Nelson exhibit at Design Observer.
2. 30 home-office-organizing products as rounded up by Design*Sponge.
3. The streamlined C+P House by architects Gonçalo das Neves Nunes in Lisbon via ArchDaily.
4. “Designing Offices with Mobile Employees in Mind” at the CIO Journal blog from the Wall Street Journal.
5. Fairfield, Connecticut’s Sound House by Roger Ferris + Partners at Contemporist.
6. Treehugger’s second look at Casa En Una Maleta, or “House in a Suitcase,” a 293-square-foot apartment in Barcelona.
7. The reflective glass/Swedish forest combination at the Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter at HomeDSGN.
8. Wave Avenue’s coverage of the Push + Pull Residence designed by Seattle-based studio MW Works.
9. The smile-inducing “Sum Times” series by artist Aakash Nihalani via Design Milk.
10. Still feeling motivated by a new year with this free 2013 desktop wallpaper at Design Love Fest.
Featured in the photo above: Nelson X-Leg Table and Eames Wire Chairs
January 4, 2013
Get a glimpse at what we’ve been reading during this first week of 2013.
1. The Ray Eames-focused article “Finding Ray” by Architect Magazine.
2. The cheerful pair of Eames Molded Plastic Armchairs welcoming visitors to the Dorsey Residence by Coates Design (above, in a photo by Andrew Waits and Roger Turk) at Contemporist.
3. Co.Design’s coverage of our Then X Ten poster project.
4. According to Apartment Therapy, 2012 was the “Year of the Home Office.”
5. Design Milk’s 34 creative desktop wallpapers.
6. The New York Times talks about our re-release of George Nelson’s Miniature Chests.
7. Treehugger’s review of the green workplace in 2012.
8. Dwell‘s Top 12 Homes of 2012.
9. Desire to Inspire’s favorite kitchens of the last year, part 1 and part 2.
10. “10 Iconic Modern Furnishings That Never Go Out of Style” via Decoist. (We agree.)
Photo: Andrew Waits and Roger Turk / Coates Design / Contemporist
December 28, 2012
Every Friday, we scour the Web to present our weekly picks for the ten best articles published by design-minded sites, blogs, and magazines. During this final full week of 2012, however, we’re taking a look at the top ten posts that inspired us, challenged us, and kept us thinking all year long. Enjoy — and see you back here next Friday with our first list for the new year.
1. A must-see: “The Handmade Process Behind Your Eames Chair,” an insightful video taken in our manufacturing facility by Co.Design.
2. The launch of the George Nelson Foundation’s new website, created by Hello Design, at georgenelsonfoundation.org.
3. Yves Béhar’s keynote speech on why designers should love the design process via 99U.
4. Dwell’s Q&A about authentic design with Marj Mojzak, Herman Miller’s Director of Retail.
5. “Ray’s Displays: The Thoughtful Displays of Ray Eames” at the Archives of American Art blog.
6. The New York Times‘ interview with Hilda Longinotti, George Nelson’s former secretary and oftentimes furniture model (check her out alongside the Nelson Marshmallow Sofa in the article’s featured photo).
7. “The Wit and Wisdom of Alexander Girard” from Metropolis Magazine.
8. The can’t-be-missed photos in “LIFE With Charles and Ray Eames: The Simple Art of Beauty” at life.time.com.
9. This insightful interview at Mr. Porter with Jason Cohn, writer and co-director of Eames: The Architect and the Painter.
10. The Design and Architecture Crossword from the New York Times and Design Within Reach. (Here’s a hint for 95 Across.)
Photo: Francois Dischinger for Herman Miller / Eames Softpad Side Chairs, Eames Table Segmented Base