ECIDA invited the community to 95 Perry Street in the historic Cobblestone District in Buffalo, NY for an open house on October 9th to check out their new space. ECIDA moved into the space, along with BUDC on September 27th and were open for business on Monday, September 30th. ARIG provided space planning and design services and we continue to monitor the contractor to clear the remaining punch list items. But in the meantime, ECIDA is thrilled with their new work environment and I must say they have been a genuine pleasure to work with!
Please take a moment to learn about this project.
A discussion I had yesterday with a colleague of mine about the “office of the future” brought back memories of the Fisher Price Team Building project that I was fortunate to have been involved in way back in 1993. The project team consisted of the Architect, Construction Manager, Owner and Furniture Dealer. At the time I headed up the Design Department for the Furniture Dealer and we were charged with planning the interiors for this truly innovative building.
As part of the initial research and planning we mocked up a team area for the Juvenile Products Team. Part of the plan was a new product at the time called the Personal Harbor, which can be seen in one of my original development sketches at left. The Personal Harbor was installed as part of the team mockup for the highest level position going into the building, a Sr. Vice President. As the story goes, the VP closed the sliding door for privacy and when he tried to open it, it would not open, he was trapped. Needless to say, this product was not used in the final building space plan design.
The Personal Harbor was developed using video taped studies to determine how people work rather than the usual programming process that involves interviewing people to understand their workplace needs. The result was a self-contained 48 square foot workspace, meeting ADA guidelines. The workspace included a sliding curved door for privacy, ceiling, lighting, airflow and it was relatively easy to relocate.
When I mentioned this product to my colleague, who is a bit younger than me, he had not heard of it. And as I continued to think about it, I realized I had not heard of it since that project. I decided to look it up on the web and I found the above photo included in the Steelcase Timeline stating the Personal Harbor had won the 1995 Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA).
Looking at this image today, I wonder if it might be time to take another look at the Personal Harbor as it might fit into the “office of the future”.
We are all familiar with Falling Water, a remarkable residence in Bear Run, Pennsylvania designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Artist Jason Middlebrook’s take on Falling Water represents the artist’s fascination with the earth’s environment and the human effect juxtaposed with Wright’s vision of living in harmony with nature. This is a gigantic mobile fountain which at first glance appears to be made of stone, but in actuality it is constructed primarily of styrofoam.
Falling Water is on display with additional Middlebrook pieces at MASS MoCA, the perfect venue for artistic work of this scale.
1930 – 2013
Very sad to read in the NY Times yesterday that Charles Pollock perished in a fire at his Queens studio on August 20, 2013.
A talented, mid-century furniture designer and artist in the news more recently with the release of the newly designed CP chair commissioned by Bernhardt Design which was posted here last November.
This is a video produced by Bernhardt Design last year that highlights his life and talent.
Weighing in at 12 tons each, this male and female Phoenix duo was conceived by the talented Chinese artist Xu Bing. The Phoenix Project is on display in a football field size exhibition space at MASS MoCA’s Building 5 through October 27, 2013. You will be awestruck when you enter this room. On closer inspection of the parts and pieces used to create these creatures, you will enjoy identifying components that were salvaged from urban construction sites in China. These giant birds are illuminated with tiny LED lights and create a breathtaking sight at sundown.
Note the welder’s masks in the image below…. what other items are you able to identify?
A very unique planter indeed!
From GREENFORM, the Relax planter will surprise and delight.
Grass, flowers, or unique stones are suggestions to fill the form. It consists of 2-pieces and is human size, 74″ x 30″ x 5″.
Designed by: StauffacherBenz of Zurich
The Dutch designer, Dirk Vander Kooij conceived the “robot arm” a new technique inspired by an old 3D printer for bringing designs to life. An endless thread of synthetic material sourced from recycled refrigerator materials is extruded creating unique textures and colorations for Studio Dirk Vander Kooij’s designs.
The image above illustrates the Endless Flow Dining Chair along with Dirk in conversation with a visitor to ICFF 2013 in New York City where he displayed examples of his furniture. As an ICFF guest speaker with Material ConneXion’s Dr. Andrew Dent the designer presented this unique technology and described it’s role in future product development.
May 7, 2013 was a perfect day to take in the sites in New York City, including a new art installation by artist Orly Genger entitled Red, Yellow and Blue, commissioned by Mad. Sq. Art in Madison Square Park. These colorful sculptures will be on view through Summer 2013. The work is comprised of the artist’s signature material, approximately 1.4 million feet of hand-knotted nautical rope covered in 3,000+ gallons of paint and weighing in at a mere 100,000 pounds! It creates an impressive backdrop for this park’s already beautiful lawns and gardens. Another great excuse to take a stroll in NYC.
When I passed by this shop early in the day my eye was originally drawn to the jacket with the red collar and cuffs. I took a double take later that evening on the way to dinner. The illuminated dresses provide the only lighting for this shop at night highlighting the sheer, delicate nature of the fabrics. This creative, whimsical display takes on a completely different look at night than by day. The shop can be found on the Rue Christine in Paris, France.
The Eames Foundation has launched a campaign to save and preserve the Eames House built approximately 70 years ago in the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, California. It is the former residence and studio of the iconic mid-century modern designers, Charles and Ray Eames. To raise funds, The Eames Foundation is offering limited edition prints reflecting the simplistic design style found in the architecture, furniture, photography and more created by this husband and wife team.
Visit EamesHouse250.org to learn more about the Eames House and the Eames Foundation campaign partners Herman Miller and Vitra offering matching donations for the digital prints and NEBO, the digital marketing agency that developed the fund raising website and created the prints.