November 30, 2012
Check out what we’ve been reading this week.
1. The tour of the Craver family home in Littleton, Colorado, at Apartment Therapy.
2. Co.Design’s coverage of our Why Design series (with particular emphasis on this interview with Sam Hecht and Kim Colin).
3. “Ray’s Displays: The Thoughtful Displays of Ray Eames” at the Archives of American Art blog.
4. House Beautiful‘s 10 Home Decorating Trends That Will Be Hot in 2013.
5. Modern homes. Snowy surroundings. Cozy interiors. All in Dwell’s “Winter Wonderland.”
6. This smart concept for a small space (430 feet, to be exact) at Home Designing.
7. The launch of the George Nelson Foundation’s new website, created by Hello Design, at georgenelsonfoundation.org.
8. The home of Danish designer Birgitte Rabens at the Style Files.
9. This pair of ancient Irish stone cottages linked by a modern glass stairway at Home Design Find.
10. The optical-illusion facade on the Academie MWD performance center in Belgium featured at Dezeen.
November 5, 2012
Today marks the launch of the Herman Miller Collection, a comprehensive portfolio of furnishings inspired by George Nelson’s vision of the “continuing creation of a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.” For every environment from home to office, the Collection presents beautiful solutions with an array of updated classics and new designs. Get a first look with these six new selections.
November 2, 2012
Take a look at all we’ve been reading over the past week.
1. Jonathan Alarcon’s “A Circle in a Square / Binocle” at ArchDaily (above in a photo by Osamu Nakamura) featuring versatile Magis Air-Chairs.
2. Looking forward to the “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, and Teacher” Exhibition opening at Yale on November 8.
3. Decoist’s look at the bold and bright new Rackspace office in London.
4. These Mid-Century Modern prints by artist Oren Sherman at Design Milk.
5. Minimalissimo’s post on an upcycled chair design by Dan Goldstein incorporating used Herman Miller boxes.
6. A playful doll-house version of shipping container housing spotted by Treehugger.
7. Dwell’s roundup of distinctive and diverse windows (worthy of a view, in every way).
8. Architizer’s photos of an inspiring canopy of 110 birdcages hanging above an alleyway in Sydney, Australia.
9. “Hurricane Sandy, A Drenching Reminder That Tough Times Inspire Remarkable Innovation” from Fast Company.
10. Our thoughts are with everyone in those areas affected by Sandy. For ways you can help, please visit The Week.
Photo: Osamu Nakamura / ArchDaily
Balance, Design, Products
September 28, 2012
Take a look at what’s been on our radar this week.
1. A must-see: “The Handmade Process Behind Your Eames Chair,” an insightful video taken in our manufacturing facility by Co.Design.
2. The home of Jennifer Bostic, founder of Paper Plane Studio, on sfgirlbybay.
3. Paintings of modern architecture by artist Paul Davies covered over at Plastolux.
4. The “George Nelson Designer Dossier” from Apartment Therapy.
5. The Columbia Dispatch’s interview with Eames Demetrios, grandson of Ray and Charles.
6. PSFK’s “Future of Work” series and its chat with Ryan Anderson, our Director of Future Technologies, about what the ideal office of the future will look like.
7. The beautiful grouping of red Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs (with both stacking and “Eiffel Tower” wire bases) at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum Restaurant, featured at designboom.
8. Rare color images of Le Corbusier via ArchDaily.
9. 10 Modern Hotels Across the USA from Dwell.
10. October 1 is the start of “Archtober,” Architecture and Design Month in New York City. Get details at archtober.org.
Photo: Magis Folding Air-Chair
July 20, 2012
A glimpse at what we’ve been reading all-week long.
1. “10 Wonderful Libraries Repurposed from Unused Structures” at Flavorwire.
2. A Modernist’s post on George Nelson’s contribution to the opening title sequence of John Huston’s 1961 film The Misfits.
3. Huff Post Green’s article on Herman Miller’s emphasis on sustainability.
4. PSFK’s video interview with Yves Behar and coverage of his new Ouya video game console (a current Kickstarter darling).
5. The Evening Edition, a commute-size way to catch up on the daily news, discovered by Swiss Miss.
6. Thinking about trying the Scratch notepad app introduced on Maniacal Rage.
7. These photos of the Apple iPad prototype from the early 2000s via the Los Angeles Times.
8. On a related note, this rural Colorado home design inspired by the iPod at Co.Design. (We think the Magis Chair_One fits in nicely.)
9. Ellsworth Kelly’s wall sculpture now at the Hopkins Center for the Arts on the Dartmouth campus (via Unbeige).
10. The Architecture Alphabet spotted by Roman Mars, creator of the 99% Invisible radio show, in his feature on Very Short List.
May 29, 2012
To celebrate the upcoming birthday of Herman Miller’s former design director and the creator of the Herman Miller Collection, we present this roundup of George Nelson’s artistry, life, and legacy — as told through notable books and Nelson designs. Read more
May 7, 2012
With graduations commencing and Memorial Day mere weeks away, vacation time is heating back up. However, the reality for many of us is that, even when we’re off getting much-needed R&R, there are sometimes still a few tasks that need our attention back at the office.
Enter Boutique Homes. It’s a vacation-home rental site that lets you find an interesting space almost anywhere across the globe to meet your needs (work, home, and otherwise). And while we’re not recommending that you always take business with you on the road, we do encourage that you seek out the most comfortable spot to do so when it’s necessary — especially since this site lets you search its “architecturally significant rentals” by designers like Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Albert Frey. Take a look at a few that we found that fit the bill.
March 12, 2012
Looking for a good time? Here are six ways to keep time on your side, whether you’re springing forward or falling back. Read more
Balance, Design, Products
December 1, 2011
The private art collector’s lounge and both public restaurants at this year’s Art Basel | Miami are populated with over 650 pieces from the Herman Miller Collection. You’ll find our brilliantly upholstered Eames dining chairs in pink and orange, the Eames Lounge Chair in white leather and creamy ash along with Noguchi’s iconic coffee table – with an ash base. Tuxedo sofas have been covered in a luxurious wool Girard fabric and they share the floor with crisp Nelson Coconut Chairs in black and white. And our new Magis pieces – Konstantin Grcic’s sculptural Chair One and Stool One are casting beautiful shadows all over the lounge area. It all feels just right for this buzzy fair – a celebration of the contemporary art scene with 260 galleries from all over the globe representing over 2000 artists.
From a Lifework perspective it is wonderful to see people “work” the fair. One man sank into an Eames Lounge Chair and pulled out his iPad and began furiously typing. A photographer spread out on the Tuxedo sofa and started downloading images to a laptop perched on the Noguchi.
Jack Schreur, Vice President of The Herman Miller Collection wandered the halls with me this morning before the crowds arrived. “The big theme is this - this is not about what used to be. Our presence here is about taking some of the most amazing pieces of furniture in the world and contemporizing them, showing how they live and work today. We arrange our technology around us instead of the other way around - it fundamentally opens up opportunities for all of this great furniture. It didn’t work great when you had to put an IBM Selectric out there to do your work but now … look at this.” Schreur points to a group leaning over a laptop, each perched comfortably on a Setu chair upholstered in deep red.
Look out for more Art Basel and Design Miami coverage over the next few days.
August 8, 2011
Each year we take one of our timeless designs and reinterpret it for the Select program. Last year we offered the Eames Hang-It-All with walnut balls in place of the familiar colored ones. This year we have re-imagined George Nelson’s beautiful tray table, taking our inspiration from Nelson’s 1955 mid-century masterpiece, the Flock of Butterflies clock. We are also offering the tray separate to the table – something we’ve never done before.
The table was originally available in walnut or teak veneer. This version is in white ash, finished with a process that stops the wood from yellowing. For the inlay we used walnut and santos palisander veneers. The table’s column is made from brushed stainless steel with black umber steel legs. The table stands 17 inches high; the tray top is 18 inches in diameter. As with the original, the 2011 Select edition is presented in a special take-home container about the size of a pizza box.
Available as part of our Select program until February 6, 2012, or until supplies last.