August 24th, 2015

Not long ago, strict hospital visitor policies prevented family from keeping a close watch on their loved ones. Staying overnight in the patient room was nearly unheard of. But today, healthcare organizations are recognizing the value of adding loved ones to the patient’s support team.

Palisade furniture was designed to encourage guest participation in the healing process. It creates an accommodating setting within the patient room and supports the needs of guests.

December 18th, 2013

Usit is a stepladder that integrates seamlessly with contemporary interiors. Stepladders often look too utilitarian and are quickly returned to storage after being used. The Usit does not have to be packed away- the beautiful design is worthy of being put on display and can also function as a seat. 

October 6th, 2013

The Float Table is a matrix of “magnetized” wooden cubes that levitate with respect to one another. The repelling cubes are held in equilibrium by a system of tensile steel cables.

It’s classical physics applied to modern design. Each handcrafted table is precisely tuned to seem rigid and stable, yet a touch reveals the secret to Float’s dynamic character.

July 22nd, 2013

New babies often require large amounts of new gear- Koo helps simplify the problem. In the blanket of night, the bassinet transforms fluidly into a rocker, offering a quiet resting place for nighttime feeding—one product for both purposes.

July 8th, 2013

‘Chuck’ is a flexible shelving system that creates room for just about any object.

June 30th, 2013

“My Desk” provides users with a sense of freedom. The top of the desk holds an enormous notepad that encourages sketching, drawing, note taking, and scribbling.

May 28th, 2013

Herman Miller has announced that it will start making the iconic Eames Molded Chair in fiberglass… again. The fiberglass chairs were discontinued from production in 1989 and ever since then, the iconic chairs that decorate modern houses have been made with recyclable polypropylene. But now we’re getting back to the good stuff.

First introduced in 1950, Ray Eames decided to discontinue the fiberglass model of the Eames Molded Chair in 1989 because its material chemistry was “detrimental to the environment” and the fiberglass couldn’t be recycled.

Not anymore. Herman Miller has developed a more sustainable way to make fiberglass. The new manufacturing process eliminates volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) during production.

May 22nd, 2013

WoodSkin is a fascinating new composite material that looks like lovely patterned wood, but moves with the flexibility of a sheet blowing in the breeze. Its plastic nature allows it to function as a stylish, organic-looking skin for projects that might otherwise be built with standard, flat materials.

April 8th, 2013

While recycling is good, upcycling is even better. In the latter the waste material is converted into something more useful than the original product. This was the thinking behind Dan Godlstein’s re-ply chair, the seat of which is made out of used cardboard from old boxes.

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