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  • Millennial pink - the colour that is so now!

    So there is a new colour out there that designers are using on everything from fashion to home furnishings. Millennial pink, or Tumblr pink, as it is also known, represents a kind of ironic prettiness, or post-prettiness. It’s sort of a grapefruit shade of apricotty salmon. So let's embrace this timeless, but very now, colour.

    Almost no other animal enjoys such popularity as the elephant. Admired for its majestic size and loved for its proverbial good-humour, it is part of our everyday experience as a child’s cuddly toy, a storybook character and a majestic creature. Charles and Ray Eames also succumbed to their charms and in 1945 designed a toy elephant made of plywood. However, it never made it into mass production. The Eames elephant is now available for the first time in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children’s bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just that little bit faster. Charles and Ray Eames recognized the charms of elephants and in 1945 designed a toy elephant made of plywood. However, it never made it into mass production. The Eames Elephant is now available in a plastic version for those it was originally intended for: children. Whether as a toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children’s' bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just that little bit faster.

     

    So where did this new pink come from? Some say it was Wes Anderson’s 2014 movie The Grand Budapest Hotel, which embodies a kind of retro-kitsch and is centred on a hotel painted several kinds of pink. Others say it was the "rose gold" iPhone in 2015. Pantone, the international authority on colour and colour systems named Rose Quartz as its colour of the year for 2016.

     

    Vitra embraced Millennial pink in a big way, Vitra embraced Millennial pink in a big way. The Vitra Alcove Collection of sofas, chairs and ottomans  are awash in this craze, plus it goes beautifully with black, grey, white and just about all other colours.

    IMG_1109 This grouping of Vitra furnishings was spotted at the Vitra Design Museum recently. Its all very Alice in Wonderland-y!

    The Fritz Hansen Drop Chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, and has now been relaunched. Looking very fresh and vibrant in Millennial pink, but also available in a wide range of highly curated other colours and fabrics! The Fritz Hansen Drop Chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, and has now been relaunched. Looking very fresh and vibrant in Millennial pink, but also available in a wide range of highly curated other colours and fabrics!

     

    Pink is the most gender-loaded of all colours, interlaced with femininity in everything from toy-store branding to the pink pussy hats of the recent women's marches. This modern pink is complicated. There are even anti-pink campaigns targeting the role of pink-saturated marketing to young girls. But a new generation of culturally aware young people are taking a different approach to the same problem, subverting or reclaiming pink as their own, hence the name Millennial pink.

     

    Sometimes just a hint of pink is enough for a piece to really stand out. The Vitra Kast Modular Storage, designed by Maarten Van Severen, Van Severen paid special attention to the colour for the sliding doors, which not only emphasise Kast’s elegant and yet seemingly classical proportions, but also give it a fresh and optimistic sense. Sometimes just a hint of pink is enough for a piece to really stand out. The Vitra Kast Modular Storage, designed by Maarten Van Severen, who paid special attention to the colour for the sliding doors, which not only emphasized Kast’s elegant and yet seemingly classical proportions, but also gives it a fresh and optimistic sense.

     

    If you find Millennial pink just not quite to your taste you can always go in another direction.

    Just imagine that Finn Juhl designed his Pelican Chair in 1940. With graceful curves that befriend the body and wrap the sitter in its embrace, the Pelican is true to Juhl’s idea that “a chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space, it is a form and a space in itself.” Just imagine that Finn Juhl designed his Pelican Chair in 1940. With graceful curves the Pelican is true to Juhl’s idea that “a chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space, it is a form and a space in itself.” The influence of contemporary sculpture is clear and Finn Juhl was a pioneering force in his own country and credited with introducing Danish modern to mid-century America. He certainly seemed to have loved pink, in all its shades.

    So if you are confused about what exactly this new pink looks like here is a swatch but I think you can stretch this colour in lots of directions, so let's see where it takes you. So if you are confused about what exactly this new Millennial pink or Tumblr pink looks like here is a swatch but I think you can stretch this colour idea in lots of directions, so let's see where it takes you.

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  • Ray and Charles Eames created serious fun for children

    "In a good old toy there is apt to be nothing self-conscious about the use of materials. What is wood is wood; what is tin is tin; and what is cast is beautifully cast." - Charles Eames

    Ray and Charles Eames took child’s play seriously. They invented playthings, furniture, and films to spark young imaginations. Given their own ideas of fun, these toys tended to emphasize composition, structure, and building. Many of their designs embrace what kids and parents have long known: that the box an item comes in, especially if it’s a very large item, can be more exciting than the contents.

     

    Set up in what appears to be the parking lot outside the Eames Office, Carton City apes the fictional community of Mayberry, with stop signs, neighborly visiting, even miniature landscaping (top). Dotted lines printed onto the Eames Storage Unit shipping cartons indicate ideal locations for the entrance and windows with awnings, 1950 (bottom left). Sun-kissed kids play in Eames Alley and Miller Street (bottom right). © Eames Office, LLC Set up in what appears to be the parking lot outside the Eames Office, Carton City is complete with stop signs, neighborly visiting, even miniature landscaping. Dotted lines printed onto the Eames Storage Unit shipping cartons indicate ideal locations for the entrance and windows with awnings, circa 1950.  © Eames Office, LLC

     

    The humble cardboard box offers children their first chance to make space for themselves, whether that’s a race car, a robot, or a house, The humble cardboard box offers children their first chance to make space for themselves, whether it's a race car, a robot, or a house.  © Eames Office, LLC

     

    As adults designing play things for children, the Eameses found inspiration in boxes and colourful paints. In 1951 The Toy was released by Tigrett Enterprises. It offered children the chance to make their own prefabricated structure, one more colorful and flexible than Carton City.

    Ray Eames plays with an early prototype of The Toy outside the Eames House in 1951. © Eames Office, LLC Ray Eames plays with an early prototype of The Toy outside the Eames House in 1951.
    © Eames Office, LLC

     

    The Toy combined thin wooden dowels, pipe cleaners, and a set of square and triangular stiffened-paper panels in green, yellow, blue, red, magenta, and black. Children could run the dowels through sleeves on the edges of the panels to strengthen them, and then attach these struts at the corners. Initially sold in a big, flat box via the Sears catalog, the Eameses soon redesigned this packaging, creating a far more elegant 30-inch hexagonal tube, into which all parts could be rolled and stored.

     

    The Toy combined thin wooden dowels, pipe cleaners, and a set of square and triangular stiffened-paper panels in green, yellow, blue, red, magenta, and black. Children could run the dowels through sleeves on the edges of the panels to strengthen them, and then attach these struts at the corners. Initially sold in a big, flat box via the Sears catalog, the Eameses soon redesigned this packaging as well, creating a far more elegant 30-inch hexagonal tube, into which all parts could be rolled and stored. The first version of The Toy made spaces big enough for children to inhabit, like the cartons. The Little Toy, (top left photo) released in 1952, was scaled more like an architectural model, allowing children to radically reinterpret the dollhouse. © Eames Office, LLC

     

    House of Cards originally came as two decks of 54 cards, with two slots on each side and one on the ends. The idea was to make construction of spaces as easy as possible. The notches more elegantly solve the problem of connections: no more dowels or wire frames, and no tools. Players got to choose 54 different patterns for the first deck, and 54 different photographs for the second.

     

    The photographs and patterns on the House of Cards (left) were chosen with much deliberation, intended to illustrate common objects like scissors, buttons, lockets, and lace whose everyday beauty might be overlooked. Tin cars and tin trains also appear, five years before they would be animated in the Eames film “Toccata for Toy Trains.” The notches on House of Card made them easier than The Toy to build with, as Charles Eames demonstrates (right), 1952. © Eames Office, LLC The photographs and patterns on the House of Cards were chosen with much deliberation, intended to illustrate common objects like scissors, buttons, lockets, and lace whose everyday beauty might be overlooked. Tin cars and tin trains also appear. The notches on House of Card made them easier than The Toy to build with, as Charles Eames demonstrates, 1952.  © Eames Office, LLC

     

    The catalog for all three Eames toy products noted, “This group of toys has been happily received by parents and educators because they make available real color and real space through three construction systems of three greatly different sizes, all different and all brilliant.”

    Cardboard offers an opportunity for a child’s first attempts to build and Ray and Charles Eames indeed offered a prelude to the more serious explorations of structure and material they embarked upon with houses, showrooms, and furniture. Cardboard comes into your house without designer packaging. Seeing its potential opens you up to a world in which any box contains a city and a lot of fun.

    So this holiday season, keep some of those packing boxes that clutter your living room and add some paints and see what happens. Might be some serious fun.

     

    Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, this piece never went into production. Now manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant is available to the target group for which it was originally intended: children. Charles and Ray Eames developed a toy elephant made of plywood in 1945; however, it never went into production. Now manufactured in plastic, the Eames Elephant is available in five colours.

     

    Whether as a toy (also good for outdoor use) or as an item for children’'s bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child (and parent) beat just that little bit faster.

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  • Herman Miller Holiday Sale, Nov. 23 – Dec 14, 2015

    Save 15% on authentic works by some of the masters of modern design including George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames and Isamu Noguchi. Sale includes Herman Miller, Magis and Mattiazzi items. Order early to ensure the best delivery times. Sales ends December 14th.

    The Herman Miller Nelson Platform Bench serves as equal parts seat and surface. The Nelson Platform Bench emerged from George Nelson’s Fortune magazine office to join his first Herman Miller Collection in 1946. Made with polished chrome or ebonized wood legs, and available in three lengths with a choice of finishes, it serves as a bench, low table, or foundation for the Basic Cabinet Series. The Herman Miller Nelson Platform Bench serves as equal parts seat and surface. The Nelson Platform Bench joined the Herman Miller Collection in 1946. Made with polished chrome or ebonized wood legs, and available in three lengths with a choice of finishes, it serves as a bench, low table, or foundation for the Basic Cabinet Series.

    The Nelson Platform Bench is now available in walnut. Changing with the times the Nelson Platform Bench is now available in handsome walnut.

     

    The Herman Miller Collection draws on George Nelson’s 1952 vision of "a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.” This comprehensive portfolio offers a breadth and depth of products to furnish complete environments in a myriad of settings, both residential and contract, elegant and casual, across a range of prices.

    Aeron task chairs:

    Every material, every mechanism on Aeron advances the art and science of seating. As the first office chair in which fabric and foam were replaced with a breathable, woven suspension membrane—its innovative Pellicle seat and back—Aeron distributes your weight evenly, eliminating pressure points and heat buildup.

    "The human form has no straight lines; it is biomorphic. We designed the chair to be, above all, biomorphic, or curvilinear, as a metaphor of human form in the visual as well as the tactile sense. There is not one straight line to be found on an Aeron chair." "The human form has no straight lines; it is biomorphic. We designed the chair to be, above all, biomorphic, or curvilinear, as a metaphor of human form in the visual as well as the tactile sense. There is not one straight line to be found on an Aeron chair." - Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick

     

    Eames Molded Shell seating:

    The Eames Shell Chair is exemplary of the Eames' desire to make "the best for the most for the least." With each new form, finish, and configuration, they continued to push the boundaries of what the shell chair could be.

     

    The Eames Molded Shell Chair is available in a very large selection of colours, styles, fabrics, bases but these ones in Santos Palisander wood with black wire bases are the best. The Eames Molded Shell Chair is available in a very large selection of colours, styles, fabrics, and bases but these ones in Santos Palisander wood with black wire bases are the absolute top of the line.

     

    Lounges and Ottomans:

    The lounge chair and ottoman have their origin in Charles and Ray’s investigations into molding plywood and a desire to improve upon a familiar fixture in many living rooms: the lounge chair. Citing the English club chair as inspiration, Charles said he sought to design a modern version of that chair, one that had “the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt.” Almost immediately, the design became an icon of American design.

    The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman has become so recognizable that its configuration is now a registered trademark. Today, the chair and ottoman are available in a variety of veneers, multiple leather options, and two sizes. The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman has become so recognizable that its configuration is now a registered trademark. Today, the chair and ottoman are available in a variety of veneers, multiple leather options, and two sizes.

     

    Desks:

    New on the scene for desks and work tables is the Renew Sit - to - Stand Table. It is shaped by the way people work today. By allowing you to seamlessly transition between seated and standing postures, Renew can help you stay more active and healthier while you work.

    Combined with a great chair, Renew gives you a full range of supported movement. Combined with a great chair, Renew gives you a full range of supported movement.

     

    Coffee, dining and accent tables:

    Herman Miller has over 70 choices of coffee, dining and accent tables. One of the most popular is the Noguchi Table created by sculptor Isamu Noguchi in the 1940s. It is the classic combination of art and function. Now available with expanded base color options.

    Isamu Noguchi's signature appears on the edge of the glass top. Base finishes are black, walnut, cherry and white ash. Isamu Noguchi's signature appears on the edge of the glass top. Base finishes are black, walnut, cherry and white ash.

     

    Accessories:

    Arrange your items with colour and style. Herman Miller's accessories include the Eames Hang it All, first crafted with multicolored hooks and a white wire frame, new options expand the offering, all with fidelity to the sophistication—and sense of play—of the original.

    Also available in black, white and multi-coloured balls. Also available in black, white and multi-coloured balls.

     

    Herman Miller's home accessories include lighting. The Flute Personal Light by Tom Newhouse is a flexible, economical, and lightweight task light for your home or office that leaves a very small carbon footprint on the earth.

     

    The Flute Personal Light is a LED light that is available in white, graphite and metallic silver. The Flute Personal Light is a LED light that is available in white, graphite and metallic silver.

     

    OK, so how much fun is this? The Magis Rocking Horse! Designed by Marc Newson, 2012.

    Kids can ride this horse off into the sunset. Choose black, brown or white and the rein is natural hemp rope. Kids can ride this horse off into the sunset. Choose black, brown or white and the rein is natural hemp rope.

     

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