Herman Miller has announced a renewed version of the Eames Molded Chair once again made with fiberglass instead of polypropylene. The original versions were discontinued by Ray Eames in 1989 because its material chemistry was detrimental to the environment and couldn’t be recycled. Herman Miller has now developed a more sustainable way to produce the fiberglass. The new process eliminates VOCs and other HAPs during production.
As a bonus to the environmental benefits, Herman Miller reformulated the color pigments to match the vintage color options of the originals. Nine vintage color options of the Eames Molded Chair and Side Chair will be available this summer with wire, dowel leg, four leg, stacking and rocking bases.
Click here for the full press release from Herman Miller.
“Concepts need context” according to LiveSurface. Much like the layered .psd files we in the design industry have gotten used to creating to give our own work context, this tool makes the process as simple as if you built out templates yourself and applies them just as fast. It is currently in beta, but seems to be really well thought out and I have yet to run into a bug. I have one invite for beta, if you are interested in giving it a try, leave a comment with your contact email and a link to your portfolio. Update: Beta invite taken.
I am not sure whether or not Dieter Rams would approve of the idea or of its existence, but this app, inspired by his aesthetic principles is beautifully done. See the full project on Behance or download the app from the app store.
Beautifully shot and equally fantastic edit on this piece for Etihad Airways. Also, love the video below, showing how much work goes into a production like this that can only last one minute once it’s all said and done.
Saunders Architecture was commissioned to create six studio structures for the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation in Newfoundland, Canada. With four structures completed, they expect to have the other two completed by the end of 2012 the FIAC will offer a residency program in 2013 aiming to bring contemporary artists of international caliber to live and work on Fogo Island and Change Islands in these phenomenal structures. Artists from all disciplines will be allowed to apply for a residency that usually runs about 3 to 6 months and are provided with a studio and a house. If you are selected after applying there are also stipends available to help cover living and some travel costs.
What an amazing opportunity, idea and structures. All of the architecture I have seen from this firm from Norway is outstanding, dynamic and forward thinking, which totally fits with the vision of this program. Click to see more of Saunders Architecture’s work or to find out how to get involved with the Fogo Island Arts Corporation.
The inner workings of product designs always has fascinated me. Truthfully, had I done better in my design drawing classes in college, I might be an industrial designer instead. These photos of the cast skeletons of the Nikon SLR camera line really made me salivate, the complexity alone, blows my mind. Now I want my cameras to be magnesium, not black.
Handcrafted. This is a word rarely associated with much anymore let alone audio components. Symbol Audio is out to change that perception. The flagship of their line, the Modern Record Console pays homage to the all-in-one console HIFI cabinets that were in almost every household of the past. It’s constructed of solid walnut with a steel base and comes complete with WIFI router for streaming and controlling music, built-in phono, two 6.5 full-range speakers, one subwoofer it is made to handle both your digital and analog needs. Designed by Blake Tovin and Matt Richmond in Nyack, NY, currently each piece is bench-made to order, with online ordering coming soon. Not sure about pricing, but I am already saving up for one. They also offer options for LP storage and a table-top HIFI unit.