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  • 30 years of Tolomeo

    Artemide is celebrating 30 years of the Tolomeo Lamp. Tolomeo, designed by Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina, was launched in 1987 and the classic table lamp has since become an icon of modern design and changed the way we experience light. To celebrate, Tolomeo’s 30th anniversary, select models of the Tolomeo are available at a special price.

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    I DESIGNED THE TOLOMEO IN 1986. PERHAPS I OUGHT TO SAY THAT I INVENTED IT, AS IN POINT OF FACT, THE IDEA FOR A NEW MECHANISM CAME BEFORE THE LAMP WAS CREATED.”
 -Michele de Lucchi

    Over 30 years the Tolomeo family of lamps has evolved to include table lamps, wall scones, suspension lamps, floor models and outdoor floor and suspension models. Each edition includes a wide variety of options, each providing flexible light to address the needs of all application fields.

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    The Tolomeo lamp was born from de Lucchi’s desire to have a lamp he personally designed on his desk that would work over his drawing board, where he spent many hours a day. The design was inspired by the movement of rods used to support and maneuver fishing nets. The lamp is held together by tension produced by the string in the arm.  The floating arm of lamp stays firm when moved in position with only one hand.

     

    artemide-tolomeo-classic-wall-1 The Artemide Tolomeo Classic is available in a floor model, a wall scone, a variety of table options and also with LED technology.

     

    Tolomeo was first awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1989, and continues to be honoured with design awards today. Most recently the Tolomeo Outdoor Lampione series received the Wallpaper Design Award in 2017 for Best Outdoor Lighting.

    There is a Tolomeo for every space. It represents technology, creativity and humanism, three of the core elements at the heart of Artemide.

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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.

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