May 10, 2013
Here is a look at what we’ve been bookmarking this week.
1. NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s inaugural event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines, starts today and runs through May 21.
2. “12 Homes Made from Shipping Containers” at Design Milk.
3. This piece on the power of co-working spaces by the New York Times.
4. Esoteric Survey’s post on photos of the Eames House from the Aline and Eero Saarinen Papers.
5. Dexinger’s look at our new Mirra 2 work chair by Studio 7.5.
6. This mid-century modern home in Phoenix, Arizona, renovated by John P. Twigg and Steve Watson at Plastolux.
7. The light-filled Berlin home by architectural firm + Quehl Miethe featured at automatism.
8. Inthralld’s look at the loft that houses boutique billboard company Prince Media Co. in New York City.
9. Info on “Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America,” an exhibit beginning June 14 at Cranbrook Art Museum, on Dwell.com.
10. Another not-to-be-missed exhibition: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s retrospective show at Les Arts Decoratif in Paris beginning September 1. Details at It’s Nice That.
Featured in photo: Osso Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
May 3, 2013
Take a look at what’s on our radar this week.
1. Beautiful photography of modern interiors captured by Michael Wells via Plastolux.
2. This interview with brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec on the Magis Facebook page.
3. Impressed by the launch of the new home decor site Domaine (and glad to see its love for Charles and Ray Eames).
4. Inspired by clue #4 in our “Everywhere in Your Day” contest: “Insane Photos Snapped From Kites” from Architizer.
5. “Brilliant Words of Advice from 14 Great Graphic Designers” (including Charles Eames) via Co.Design.
6. Contemporist’s feature on the simple elegance of Casa Sulla Morella by Studio Cittaarchitettura in Castelnovo di Sotto, Italy.
7. The fluorescent shades of green, yellow, and blue in this sports hall design in the Netherlands by Slangen + Koenis Architects (via Dezeen).
8. “Bold, punchy, in-your-face sculptures” by artist Matt W. Moore featured at It’s Nice That.
9. Interior Design‘s look back at the ”greatest hits” of Maharam, the textile company recently acquired by Herman Miller.
10. Don’t forget: May 5 is the last day to enter for a chance to win in our “Everywhere in Your Day” contest. Click here to find out more.
Featured in photo: Eames Desk Unit, Eames Storage Unit, and Eames Molded Plastic Chair by Charles and Ray Eames
April 12, 2013
Take a look at what’s been on our radar this week.
1. Five black and white offices that are “anything but boring” at Apartment Therapy (agreed).
2. Happy to see our Mirra Chair in one of the greenest structures in the world: the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes, designed by Design Alliance Architects for Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory (via Architizer).
3. The “Quiet Motion” installation by designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for BMW i at Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2013 (via URDesign Magazine).
4. More Bouroullecs: check out the brothers’ Steelwood Galva for Magis (a new iteration of their Steelwood chair and stool in galvanized steel and beech wood) along with other photos from Salone del Mobile from Wallpaper* Magazine.
5. And even more from Salone del Mobile: enjoying Snap Assembly’s Tumblr coverage of the show.
6. The solitary Eames Molded Plywood Lounge in this composer’s Wisconsin practice studio designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects at Dezeen.
7. Classic mid-century chair stencils by Stencil 1 spotted by Design Milk.
8. The sunny Fresno House — nicely situated between the forest and the ocean in Carilo, Argentina — co-designed by Felix Raspall and Federico Papandrea and featured at Dornob.
9. The thoughtfully designed L23 House by Pitágoras Arquitectos in Portugal found at Archello.
10. Patrick Rochon’s eye-popping photos of wakeboarders riding special boards affixed with LEDs at Colossal.
Featured in photo: Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Eames Walnut Stools, and Eames Sofa by Charles and Ray Eames
April 2, 2013
The pieces that comprise designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Steelwood Chair began with Eugenio Perazza, the founder of Italian design firm (and Herman Miller partner) Magis. Perazza wanted an inexpensive wooden chair with simple joints of pressed metal. The Bouroullecs liked the idea, but wanted to take it a step further. The brothers aimed for a design that would be cost-competitive with plastic chairs, yet have a long life span and age well, developing a patina from use and wear.
The result is a straightforward design that thoughtfully combines two traditional materials: steel and wood. Skilled metalworkers use a series of complex mechanical procedures to gradually shear, coin, curve, and cut the metal pieces. The legs and round seat are milled out of solid beech. Together, the materials form a chair that is strong and durable with a natural warmth. Easy to assemble and offered in a selection of painted finishes, its subtle silhouette adapts to a number of environments. “We tried to make a chair that could fit a number of people, and it doesn’t look like a chair for rich or poor, woman or man—it’s universal,” explains Erwan. “Just made in metal and wood that will last and grow old quite nicely. The chair says, ‘Believe me that I’m a chair that will last.’”
Read more about the design’s manufacturing process at Magis here. To add the chair — or any of the Steelwood family, including its stool and table — to your dining or working space, visit the Herman Miller store.
January 18, 2013
Take a look at what we’ve been bookmarking this week.
1. These beautifully organized home libraries on Apartment Therapy.
2. Writer Jesus Diaz’s “dream office” featuring our Mirra Chair at Gizmodo.
3. This video of Yves Béhar explaining the role of design in consumer products at Businessweek.
4. Now under construction: Seattle’s Bullitt Center, the world’s most sustainable building. (Via designboom)
5. The bright, airy home of Monya and Jeremy Eastman in Cape Town, South Africa featured at Design*Sponge.
6. Does the window in your home office need the Ready Made Curtain by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec? (Via Phaidon)
7. 18 of the world’s most amazing tree houses at Co.Design.
8. Tips to make every day more productive from Inc.
9. Coverage of the very playful exhibit “Le Dîner de Gulliver” (Gulliver’s Dinner) at CollabCubed.
10. This minimalist home redefining “cabin” on a wooded hillside in Wisconsin featured at Chicago Home + Garden.
Pictured above: Eames Soft Pad Side Chair
January 8, 2013
A memorable dining experience comes not only from the food you eat, but also from the space that surrounds you. Here’s how a few restaurants across the globe bring design to the table using pieces by Herman Miller and our partners Magis and Mattiazzi. Read more
December 17, 2012
Are you planning to explore “Bivouac,” Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s dynamic, mid-career exhibition, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago? Here’s a selection of six Chicago to-dos, perfect for getting the most out of the Windy City.
December 14, 2012
Take a look at what’s been on our radar this week.
1. The can’t-be-missed photos in “LIFE With Charles and Ray Eames: The Simple Art of Beauty” at life.time.com.
2. A look at the Miller House archives at The Fox Is Black.
3. The eclectic Copenhagen home of designers Camilla Ebdrup and Andreas Stenmann at Design*Sponge.
4. The clever Architecture for Dogs site, including Konstantin Grcic‘s design for a poodle.
5. In other Konstantin Grcic news, his Medici Chair for Mattiazzi recently won the Icon Award 2012 for “Best Furniture Design.”
6. 10 Beautiful Buildings Shaped Like Triangles from Flavorwire.
7. This design-focused gift guide from the Society of Publication Designers.
8. The sleek new Ovale cutlery designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at Dezeen.
9. This color-packed Romanian home design featuring Eames Molded Plastic Chairs and Wire Chairs (via Decoist).
10. The Domus Civita renovation project (complete with grottos and caves) by Italian architecture firm Studio F at ArchDaily.
Photo: Francois Dischinger for Herman Miller / Medici Chair Outdoor by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi
November 19, 2012
If the autumn leaves have fallen and the Halloween candy has dwindled, then the holiday season must be upon us. As you gear up for the imminent arrival of friends, family, and festivities, explore a a few superb seasonal-starters with these six ways to a holiday table.
November 12, 2012
Imagination, collaboration, and innovation characterize the work of internationally recognized designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. From furniture and home accessories to distinctive organic forms and structures, the brothers’ designs are at once intriguing and effective, while uniquely accenting the environments they inhabit. Take an exploration of their work with these six eclectic creations.
If you will be in the Midwest before the end of January, don’t miss the brothers’ exhibit “Bivouac” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibit is open now and continues through January 20, 2013.