May 14, 2013
The shared home office of photographer Christy Cassano-Meyer and web developer Kyle Meyer is a charming blend of vintage and modern style. Take a look through their creative space in Portland, Oregon, in this tour led by Christy’s words and photographic eye. Read more
May 7, 2013
He may be a full-time web designer and developer, but one look at the home workspace of Brad Cerasani and you know he’s also got music in his blood. In fact, the owner of the web shop Shedbot has written, recorded, and produced two albums with a trio called Hoist from his Winnipeg, Manitoba-based studio. Get a look at the high-tech haven in this latest tour. Read more
April 26, 2013
Get a glimpse at what we’ve been reading this week.
1. Cool Hunting’s preview of our redesigned Mirra 2 Chair by Studio 7.5.
2. Phaidon’s preview of the Wireframe Sofa by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin.
3. “The Psychology of Seating” at Dwell.com.
4. A look inside the portfolio of Sydney architect Madeleine Blanchfield, which demonstrates “the new Australian aesthetic,” at Desire to Inspire.
5. More from Australia: this simple modern home by architect Jessica Liew in Melbourne (via HomeDSGN).
6. 10 chalets, spas, and sanctuaries that help combat stress via Architizer.
7. This south-facing home just above the Miño River in Spain, built mostly of glass and concrete, at Inthralld.
8. The mix of mid-century modern and vintage industrial style at Irvine-based design firm Mattson Creative, courtesy of California Home + Design.
9. The American Institute of Architects’ top ten sustainable projects of the year, covered at Dezeen.
10. Did you see the making of our “Everywhere in Your Day” contest video? If not, be sure to check it out here.
Featured in photo: Branca Chair by San Hecht and Kim Colin
April 19, 2013
Take a look at what we’ve been bookmarking all week long.
1. This article and video on the Re-Think the Eames show in Milan exploring the “Eames condition,” the “ideal paradigm for a reflection on design understood as a narrative, curatorial, and collective tool.” (Via Abitare.)
2. Craig Steely Architecture’s compelling design for Lavaflow 7, a house on the Big Island of Hawaii, at Contemporist.
3. Inhabitat’s look at the reopening of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, now the largest net-zero-energy museum in the U.S.
4. The clean, compact workspace of graphic designer Alex Yeske featured at Eva Black Design.
5. How many designs by Charles and Ray Eames and Alexander Girard can you spot in “Through Don Draper’s Eyes: A Tour of the Time-Life Building of the Sixties” at style.time.com?
6. This smart bedroom addition (complete with a new home office) featured at Modern Findings.
7. The vibrant Brooklyn home of identical twins Teman and Teran Evans at NYTimes.com.
8. The stand-out Orient IV Residence on Long Island by Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects (via Inthralld).
9. “Why Some Spaces Make Us Feel Right at Home” (penned by Herman Miller’s own Betty Hase) at the Drucker Exchange.
10. A double dose of inspiration from Illinois-based artist Chad Wys: his personal Tumblr and his graphic design Tumblr.
Featured in photo: Eames Sofa by Charles and Ray Eames
April 8, 2013
The studio of Canadian illustrator and letterer Darren Booth contains a nicely curated collection of objects — vintage signs, old photographs, guitars, and, naturally, a variety of letters and favorite illustrations. Get a glimpse inside his workspace in our newest tour. Read more
March 14, 2013
You’ve recently witnessed graphic designer and filmmaker Doug Wilson’s chair competition with office mate Brandon Goodwin. Today, we’re giving you a closer look at workspace where they created their clever short film (among others). Take a spin around the office Doug’s Mirra chair shares with Brandon’s Aeron chair in this latest studio tour. Read more
March 12, 2013
There’s a quiet battle brewing in Springfield, Missouri, where designer and filmmaker Doug Wilson shares an office with Brandon Goodwin, also a filmmaker and Doug’s co-conspirator on “Linotype: The Film – In Search of the Eighth Wonder of the World.” When we asked Doug to report in from the scene, he not only sent over an explanation, but also gave us a first-hand look with the above short film.
Doug states: “I worked previously in an ad agency with Aeron chairs and learned that a good chair is worth the investment. When we moved into our office, Brandon and I went to our local Herman Miller dealer to test out chairs. I thought I would simply purchase an Aeron, but I found the Mirra chair to be more comfortable for me and I ended up choosing my own colors and features. Brandon purchased an Aeron.”
Since the purchases, their workspace has been enthralled in an unending contest. “Any time we have friends visit the office, we have a competition to see which chair they prefer,” Doug says. “It is a friendly rivalry, but obviously I think I made the better decision. Currently, Brandon’s Aeron is winning, but the Mirra is staging a comeback.”
Which chair do you prefer? Weigh in with your comments or tell us about it on Twitter.
Video courtesy Doug Wilson and Brandon Goodwin
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
March 5, 2013
A view from the corner office (or any office, for that matter) may be a natural craving after all. We asked Betty Hase, a workplace strategist and leader of Herman Miller’s Advanced Knowledge and Applications team, about the importance of an outside view when setting up your workspace. Here’s what she had to say.
February 19, 2013
Designer Javier García keeps himself busy not only as an industrial-designer-turned-graphic-designer/illustrator working in San Francisco, but also as an avid collector of mid-century modern design. Take a peek inside his Bay Area home office — a treasure trove of vintage pieces, including several by Charles and Ray Eames — in our latest tour. Read more