Herman Miller has just launched five new colors for the Eames plastic molded chairs…read all about it at Lifework.
This is the logo we use at Lifework – the Herman Miller blog I am editing. It’s a print by Alexander Girard. And you can buy it printed on plywood from Unica for $150.
It’s a tiny world – truly it is. I interviewed a woman yesterday – Dee Adams – for the Herman Miller blog and it turns out she worked with my husband at Yahoo in Australia. She now lives in a very cool loft in Oakland. Dee also knows my dear friend Sal. And she often comes to LA…we will definitely be catching up for a drink. See Dee’s work here. And her loft here.
I recently became editor of Lifework, Herman Miller’s new blog. We look at all the issues that arise around working from home. I’m loving editing again and Herman Miller was one of my favorite companies so I am very excited to be a small cog in their wonderful machine. Check out Lifework here – we just did a cool post on artist Matte Stephens (his work above).
It doesn’t happen that often – DWR is having a Herman Miller sale. 15% off until December 13. I’ve always wanted an Eames Hang it All (above, $152) and those walnut stools ($704).
Architect Jeremy Levine added a home office to the recent green renovation of his southern Californian home. We love the warmth of the room with its timber ceiling and the fact that he recycled scraps from the main house to fit out his studio. Levine’s work has been featured in Dwell and Angeleno magazine but check him out on Flickr for some great candid shots of his work including his own office (above) and the room he built around a tree (below). We like those tall thin book towers to the left of his desk. You can get something similar at West Elm for $179. His desk chair is Herman Miller’s classic Aeron. And the chunky wooden stools peeking out in the foreground on the left are designed by Levine from timber left over from the renovation.
There’s something mesmerizing about other people’s bulletin boards. The good ones are a great window into a creative mind (the bad ones are just messy!) There is definitely a certain voyeuristic pleasure we all get from looking at what inspires others. But, there are also some boards that function as works of art – particularly beautiful collections of images and objects. The board above is in the home of a young Dutch couple who are expecting a baby. He is a librarian and she is studying. They clearly have strong design tendencies. Via Dos Family blog. Below is a board from designer, writer and editor Joy (whose blog Oh Joy! is well worth a look). She made the board herself using cork tiles. We’d love to see your inspiration boards…we’ll be posting them regularly so feel free to send them in!
Before Charles and Ray Eames there was Gilbert Rohde. He’s not a household name, but we think you’ll really like his work. Rohde, who died in 1944, was an industrial designer and a key player in laying the groundwork for American Modernism. He was also an advisor to Herman Miller’s president DJ De Pree (see our Timeline for more). What defined his work? A lovely organic line and a fascination with new materials. This month Rago, a New Jersey-based auction house, is holding a spectacular sale of modern furniture. It’s a strong collection and holds rare pieces of Rohde’s work including a very cool wall mirror framed in mahogany (above) and one of his rare time pieces (below). For more on Rodhe check out Cooper Hewitt’s three part piece on the designer. And go to Herman Miller’s other blog – Discover – to read about Phyllis Ross’ recent book on the designer. Want more? There is an excellent collection of Rohde’s work here.
Herman Miller now has a great new space in Los Angeles on Holdrege Avenue (not too far from my house – I like that). The refurbished warehouse was redesigned by Lynch / Eisinger / Design with the interior by TVS. You can see more designs by Lynch/Eisinger here. Via LATimes.