Herman Miller, History
The Herman Miller WHY site has an intriguing article online at the moment about Herman Miller pieces throughout history that for some reason or another didn’t quite make it, such as the George Nelson Chaise Lounge (above) and Coffee Table (below). There are pieces by some of the best known designers of their time – Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi and Alexander Girard – but you won’t come across them in your average historical search. We have included just a couple here but check out ‘The Other Herman Miller’ for more weird and wonderful examples and an alternative tour through the Herman Miller’s archives.
If you have children you’ll know the irresistible allure a humble roll of sticky tape holds over them (I admit I hide a spare roll for present wrapping in our house). This DIY House Project by Singapore studio would be the stuff of dreams for many a kid and grown ups alike. The Asylum came up with the project to inspire and educate;
“the idea was to reach out to the audience, easily enabling them to appreciate and relate to the properties of a ubiquitous and simple household product. This project demonstrated that the form of the metal, together with the combined strength of tape creates a synergy effect, allowing the house to retain its balance without toppling over. By pairing a DIY mentality with the qualities found in common hardware products, the house aims to inspire just about anyone to create his/her own architecture in a playful manner.”
Inspired indeed. I wonder if there’s any chance of having one shipped over for a rainy weekend…
Architecture, Mattiazzi, Sighted, Singapore
Branca Chairs in various finishes add warmth and character to the dining setting inside this inspiring apartment transformation in Singapore, home to architect Desmond Og. See the before photos here, the change is incredible.
(The Eames elephant is a playful touch we like too.)
Art, Australia, Exhibitions
March is Art Month in Sydney and the program is full of interesting exhibitions, talks and experiences. Our picks of the program would be the Message in a Bottle Workshop by Pennie Jagiello where participants will be deconstruction man-made debris to create jewellery and a visit to some of the Art at Night venues across the city for some after-work fun. There is a wealth of fabulous exhibition to choose from but the exhibition by Chinese-Australian artist Wang Lan (above) and the From the Streets Group Show (image below) are two we’ve bookmarked. Check out the program here if you’l be in Sydney over the next month.
Design, Designers, India
Congratulations to fashion designer Rahul Mishra from India, who has taken out the lucrative Woolmark prize of $100,000 ahead of some pretty fierce competition from Australia, the USA and Europe. We don’t normally post about fashion but it’s a major coup worthy of attention and Mishra has said himself that he hopes it will inspire his fellow Indians;
“It’s going to create such a huge motivation within a country of millions that you believe in your own truths and think about your new worlds, like looking really far into the past and create something (for the) future.” (courtesy of the ABC )
Mishra’s pieces are made of 80% wool and are characterised by their intricate embroidery, a skill that has taken him 12 months to perfect. They’re gorgeous as you can see above and he looks set to achieve some pretty grand things.
(quote courtesy of the ABC )
Singapore based Fred Lives Here has taken the notion of ‘replica’ one step further with his concrete version of the Eames Lounge and Ottoman. ‘Charles the Chair’ is cast from fibre-reinforced concrete and a limited amount of internal hardware and it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. We’re not too sure how Charles and Ray would feel about it, but it certainly captured our attention.
Australia, Sighted, Workspace
The SAYL Chair, Eames moulded plastic and Arras workstations take pride of place at the Serviceworks fit-out by Linear Designs in Melbourne (in Victoria, Australia).
Eames, History, India
(above) Eames House interior, Los Angeles, 1944 (photograph by Timothy Street-Porter, © Eames Office, LLC)
We recently came across an essay that examines the Eames relationship with India. During the 1950′s and 1960′s Charles and Ray Eames’ traveled extensively throughout the Indian subcontinent and participated in a range of projects in film, architecture, and exhibition design. As the above photograph shows, the interior of the Eames house was richly decorated with artefacts, textiles and objects collected on the Eames’ travels and historians have puzzled over the contrast with all this decoration and the modernist home in which they were housed.
The author of the essay, Saloni Mathur examines the historical interconnections between the Eames’ experiences in India in the broader terms of the relationship between postwar modernism and the particularities of a postcolonial India. It’s fascinating reading and talks extensively about the five months the Eames spent in India in 1958 whilst researching their India Report which they were invited to write by the Indian government with sponsorship from the Ford Foundation. The report required recommendations on a programme of training in design that would serve as an aid to the small industries; and that would resist the present rapid deterioration in design and quality of consumer goods. It’s an fascinating period in the Eames’ history and one we thought some of you may find interesting.
(above) Charles and Ray Eames with the scholar of Asian art and aesthetics Pritwish Neogy, in an outdoor photography stall, Delhi, January 6, 1958 (photograph © Eames Office, LLC)
Furniture, Herman Miller
It’s Valentines Day so we thought we’d mark the date with this wonderful image of Ray Eames from the Singapore Essential Eames exhibition. It’s also a perfect excuse to show off a few of the pink-er options in our collection, sure to make any sweetheart swoon…
(above) Pink Eames Moulded Ply dining chair with upholstered seat
(above) Room for two; Marshmallow Sofa by George Nelson
(above) Wire Frame Sofa by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin
(above) Chair One Guest Chair by Konstantin Grcic for Magis
(above) Pedestal Stool by George Nelson
Australia, Eames, Sighted
Stacked Eames wire base tables and an all-black Eames Lounge and Ottoman make a statement in the sleek and sophisticated interior scheme of this home in the beachside suburb of Manly (Sydney, Australia) by CM Studio.