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  • Summer Picnic Posters – Herman Miller’s Steve Frykholm

    Before summer comes to a close and while corn season is still in full swing it seems appropriate to highlight these amazing posters designed by Steve Frykholm for Herman Miller's summer company picnics. They are an annual tradition and so beautiful.

    Herman Miller’s Vice President of Creative Design, Steve Frykholm, is celebrating 45 years as their graphic designer extraordinaire. In 1970 his first assignment on the job, after graduating from Cranbrook Academy of Art, was to design the poster for the Herman Miller company picnic!

    One of Steve’s favourites is the 1983 Ice Cream Cone Poster. Steve deconstructed the type and each letter becomes like a small chip of chocolate in the ice cream. One of Steve’s favourites is the 1983 Ice Cream Cone Poster (right). Steve deconstructed the type and each letter becomes like a small chip of chocolate in the ice cream.

     

    Little did Steve know that the resulting poster from 1970 (Sweet Corn Festival) would spark an ambitious series that has since made its way into countless museum collections, including the MoMA in New York.

     

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    When asked if he was drawn to Herman Miller because of its “design DNA” Steve said that when he first got to Cranbrook, he didn’t know about Herman Miller. But the department was made up of graphic designers, product designers, environmental designers and they would all go over to the annual sale at Herman Miller and come back to school with these treasures—an Eames chair or some Girard fabric, and that was his first awareness of this little company out in Zeeland, Michigan.

     

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    Steve believes that a good poster—a poster that is really communicating an idea—is still relevant. There are so many different kinds of posters: informational posters, promotional posters and commemorative posters. A poster is really nothing more than a postage stamp, except big. And he thinks posters should be large. They should be at least 24 x 36 inches, if not larger.

     

    WHY_PicnicPosters_07 Cherry pie and a seven layer salad were the inspiration for these two posters.

     

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    To commemorate 45 years of amazing picnic posters Herman Miller is reprinting 20 of these tour de forces of graphic design.

    Now everyone asks, “what is he going to do this year?”  Watch a video of Steve Frykholm talking about his creative process at Herman Miller's Why Magazine.

  • Herman Miller Takes Mid-Century Modern Classics Outdoors

    The sun is shining, weather is warmer, sandals are making their way out of the closets, and your mid-century favourites are appearing on the sundeck. No, not just for an hour or two of sunbathing and then back inside to its' usual living room corner. These MCM Classics by Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson are now available from Herman Miller in finishings designed to withstand the elements.

    Eames Aluminum Group Chairs for Outdoor by Charles and Ray Eames, for Herman Miller. Photo: hermanmiller.com

    Eames Aluminum Group Chair for Outdoor by Charles and Ray Eames, for Herman Miller. Photo: hermanmiller.com

    Re-introduced as outdoor furniture last year, Herman Miller's Aluminum Group was well received by mid-century modern enthusiasts and received a 2011 ICFF Editor's Award in the Outdoor Furniture category. Available in either graphite or white frames, the new outdoor weave fabric was designed to feel good on bare summer skin and is available in four colours/tones.

    Eames Wire Base Low Tables for Outdoor by Charles and Ray Eames, for Herman Miller. Photo: hermanmiller.com

    Eames Wire Base Low Table for Outdoor by Charles and Ray Eames, for Herman Miller. Photo: hermanmiller.com

    The ever popular Wire Based Low Table by Charles and Ray Eames also made the outdoor makeover - available in several natural stone tops and powder coated bases.

    Nelson Pedestal Table for Outdoor by George Nelson, for Herman Miller. Photo: hermanmiller.com

    Nelson Pedestal Table for Outdoor by George Nelson, for Herman Miller. Photo: hermanmiller.com

    Also donning natural stone top finishes, George Nelson's Pedestal Tables are another addition the outdoor line up. Similar to the indoor version, this table is designed to suit any outdoor arrangement, offering 2 height and 2 diameter size options.

    View these and other modern outdoor furniture on our website, here.
    View other mid-century modern classics by Herman Miller on our website, here.
    View Herman Miller's website, here.

  • Alessi Receives GOOD DESIGN Award

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    The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design has honored 5 Alessi products with their prestigious "2010 GOOD DESIGN" award: a 60 year old prestigious program of acknowledging design excellence all over the world. The 5 products that received the award include: “Tonale” Table Set by David Chipperfield (2009), “Try it Trivet” by Dror Benshetrit (2009), “Essentiel de Pâtisserie” Cake Plate by Matali Crasset (2010), “La Via Lattea” Cheese Knives by Anna and Gian Franco Gasparini (2009), and “La Stanza dello Scirocco” basket by Mario Trimarchi (2009)

    Tonale Tableware by David Chipperfield for Alessi

    Tonale, by David Chipperfield was inspired by Asian ceramics and a desire to refine utilitarian household products. The colour way in these pieces is exquisite... largely neutral and muted in over all appearance but each colour is unique and beautiful. They also have a wonderful matte finish which allows the surfaces to absorb light in a soft and gentle way.

    Try it Trivet by Dror Benshetrit for Alessi

    Try it Trivet by Dror Benshetrit is a clever and fun series of circular trivets that can be joined together to create on snakelike support for warm objects on the table. This is a versatile kitchen tool that is bound to incite conversation at the dinner table.

    Cake Plate by Matali Crasset for Alessi

    Matali Crasset's cake plate is another design that works with multiple units. It consists of two rings that fit inside of the each other and one small circle that nests in the centre of the inner ring. It can be used in multiple ways for desserts large and small but whatever size your sweets are, they will most certainly end up looking intriguing and delicious on this pedestal.

    La Via Lattea Cheese Knife by Anna and Gian Franco Gasparini for Alessi

    The blades of the La Via Lattea cheese knives were specially engineered for specific density cheeses. The organic shapes and wooden handles make them beautiful as objects in addition to their functionality.

    La Stanza dello Scirocco basket by Mario Trimarchi for Alessi

    La Stanza dello Scirocco basket by Mario Trimarchi is inspired by the Sicilian wind blowing objects across the countryside. I like to look at these pieces like a graphic image in 3D. The way the light reflects on each little rectangular cut out is mesmerizing as each one seems to be on a different angle in space.

    Congrats to Alessi! We look forward to hearing more about these products and much more from them in the future.

    Find Alessi on our website, here.
    Visit Alessi's webiste, here.
    Read more about the GOOD DESIGN awards by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, here.

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