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1 Dec
Ray and Charles Eames on a Lounge Chair, photo: Monique Jacot, courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

Ray and Charles Eames on a Lounge Chair, photo: Monique Jacot, courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

Charles Eames with collection of tops, photo: Monique Jacot, courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

Charles Eames with collection of tops, photo: Monique Jacot, courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

Ray Eames with Thonet chair, photo: Monique Jacot, courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

Ray Eames with Thonet chair, photo: Monique Jacot, courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

Living-room of the Eames house, photo: Monique Jacot, courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

Living-room of the Eames house, photo: Monique Jacot, courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

These photos of the Case Study House No.8, inhabited beautifully by Charles and Ray Eames, are coupled with an article by Amelie Znidaric. Read the full article here on Stylepark:

Happy Belated Birthday, Charles Eames!

27 Jun

Late on the draw as usual, we forgot to make note of Charles Eames’ would-be 105th birthday. Here are some Eames-related and Eames-inspired buyables — his design and forward-thinking ingenuity still very much alive, kicking, and walloping us in the jaw today.

Vintage Herman Miller Eames bright blue upholstered fiberglass arm chair $275.00 on Etsy

Retro Art, Eames poster, Retro office poster, Mid century modern, Motivational poster print “dont forget to relax”

3 Mid Century poster eames chair art print for home illustration typography, $49.00 on Etsy

Eames House Bird by Vitra, Lumens $230.00

Eames Jacks on Ebay, $48.00 with one day left!

Vintage Eames Hang IT All Hat Coat Rack, $79.00 in Ebay with one day left!

Alexander Girard Exhibit at Herman Miller /Neocon 2012

20 Jun

I just had to share these photos from Apartment Therapy of a few Alexander Girard textiles.

Alexander Girard was the Director of Design for Herman Miller’s textile division from 1952 through 1973 and the exhibit includes pieces from throughout his tenure. From toys to tablecloths, his singular vision shines through.

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Benjamin Della Rosa Design and Illustration

16 May

Ben Della Rosa is definitely one of my favorite local graphic designers, and happens to be our dear Rose’s husband. You can spot his work all around the modern community in Sacramento: Eichlerific blog, Scout Living, Blockhouse Modern and even right here on Mimomito. He does screen printing at Interval Press, too!

Here are some of my favorite examples of work:

I’m so excited that I was able to do this interview with him. He is so talented and if you’re looking for someone to do exceptional graphic design work for you, hit him up!

What brought you into the world of design?

My High school art teacher; to be honest. Art and creativity played a major roll in my life since I was a kid and I always knew I wanted to do something that involved those, I just wasn’t sure in what capacity. My art teacher really helped me narrow down what I wanted to focus on and suggested I look into perusing an education in Graphic Design.

What do you like about vintage design?

I love the forms and colors in MCM illustration. A lot of the illustrators from that era they all just kind of broke the rules. Everything is really streamlined and simplified, that was the biggest draw for me.

When did mid century design begin influencing your personal style?

When I really started focusing on working with silkscreen in 2008 I naturally gravitated towards it. My love for MCM was always there but the specific limitations in the printing process served as an outlet for me.

What MCM era designers can you always count on to bring you inspiration?

I’m a big fan of Charley Harper, Aurelius Battaglia, Jim Flora.

Are there any modern designers that also inspire you?

Genndy Tartakovsky, Sanjay Patel, Hoefler & Frere-Jones, Billy Baumann

Why do you choose to screen print instead of something easier?

I certainly have a have a love hate relationship with silkscreening, but I don’t think there was ever a choice for me. I do it because I like to create with my hands, it’s nice to get into the studio and talk with my colleagues and get messy after sitting in my office at my computer all day. I like to be able hold things in my hands, feeling the texture of ink on paper and the uniqueness of every print these are all things that are lost to digital mediums or a digital print. I would said that’s the main reason why I print, the trend that design is moving in these days is web, and the thought of not being able to work with my hands makes me sad.

What other mediums would you like to work in?

I would love and hope to someday soon be able to work with a letter press. I’d also like to work with motion graphics.

What are some of the favorite pieces you’ve done?

Man that’s like being asked to pick your favorite child. Although here are a several posters and identities that I feel pushed me as a designer: Garrett Pierce, Evan Bailey, Let Freedom Bling, CRA Holiday Card Animation, Indigan, Davepops, and Scout Living.

Are you currently accepting new clients?

I’m always excited to work with new clients, especially those who want to create something fun and memorable.

Architect, Designer, Art Director, Anna Castelli Ferrieri

28 Jan

We here at Mimomito love husband and wife design duos. Rose has done write-ups of Hans and Florence Knoll, and Charles and Ray Eames, so let’s throw my blurb on the pile!

Anna Castelli Ferrieri is most famously known for her design of the Componibili modular system, a signature piece of the Kartell collection of injection-molded plastic household furniture. I love compact compartmentalized furniture, and the Componibili created in 1969 is still available for purchase today for considerably cheap! ($41.00 Componibili on Kartell)

Giulio Castelli, a chemical engineer, co-founded Italian design firm Kartell in 1949. In 1966, Kartell had young Anna to design the Kartell Headquarters in Binasco. They were a match made in design heaven! Anna co-founded a handful of design associations in Italy, as well as being the Editor of Italian magazine Casabella Costruzioni, and being the Italian correspondent for British magazine Architectural Design. She certainly was a prolific little busy-bee. There are different articles which say they were wed after her design of the Kartell Headquarters, and some articles say they were a married couple that Co-founded Kartell. It seems a bit wishy-washy as to what the actual turn of events were. Whichever came first, the union or the company, some incredible things came about.

Both born in Milan, Anna and Giulio trained under some incredible pioneers of their time. Giulio trained as a chemical engineer under the Nobel Prize–winning chemist Giulio Natta. Anna was one of the first women to graduate from Milan Polytechnic Institute in 1943 with an Architecture degree. She spent a short stint in Paris with Le Corbusier, but returned to Italy to study with architect Franco Albini. In 1949, Kartell popped into existence and started manufacturing car accessories, but really came into bloom with the experimentation of plastics to create household furniture. Kartell pioneered the Italian modern design of the 60’s through the 80’s and continues today.

In the late 60’s and beyond, Anna continued to experiment and design with plastics. Above is Anna’s domed containers designed in 1973.

“For the “4822/44″ stool Anna Castelli Ferrieri designed in 1979, a metal alloy with polyurethane was used for the first time, creating enough stability for seat furniture to have longer legs.” via Kartell.  Shown above is Anna’s stool model #483.

Anna’s 1982 creation, the Revolving Library model 3610. “Solid steel base on top of which rotates a 4 story structure composed of square tops. Red and black elements can be arranged in numerous ways.” via Design Addict

“Her work as an architect is best represented by the Kartell headquarters, with its brilliant red blocks visible from the highway just outside Milan, which she designed in collaboration with Ignazio Gardella.” via New York Times

Anna’s designs still on display.Kartell still experimenting and designing beautiful objects with plastic.

Alexander Girard-Le Fonda Del Sol

20 Jan

Alexander Girard was a fabulous designer that we here at Mimomito love. We did a small blurb about his pillow designs being sold by Urban Outfitters, but that’s not all we got for ya!

In 1960 Alexander Girard did this amazing identity system for Le Fonda Del Sol.

Le Fonda Del Sol was a restaurant located in New York’s Time Life building.

Here are some photos of the space!
Girard got the Eames Office to design this fanciful chair for Le Fonda’s Restaurant.

They were so amazing that they soon got mass produced and put in offices everywhere.

Just looking at the interior is making me get a lil’ frustrated with my sad brunch of weepy grapes and three cups of coffee. I’m  oozing envy, guys.
Even the matchbook is bootiful.

Hilarious advertisement that captures Girard’s playful spirit.

Le Fonda ceramics. SIGH.

I wish there were more old timey color photo’s that I could find of this place.
I bet they are amazing!
  Flor-Le Fonda Rug

House Industries Girard Blocks

Sadly, the original Le Fonda restaurant is long gone. Dry your eyes friend, don’t get too worked up just yet.  La Fonda still lives through products like the above that you can purchase online!
Click the links provided for more pictures and information.

Florence Knoll: “I am not a decorator.”

13 Jan

I’ve started to wonder a little bit about the Knoll company after I realized I can not spell, nor pronounce, Eero Saarinen’s name. After a little research (wiki and Knolls website -WOKA, WOKA!!) I found I didn’t know anything about this dynamic company. Pictured above is Hans Knoll and his wife Florence. Hans started his furniture company under his name in 1938. Whilst this was happening, his future wife Florence was busy studying at Kingsfield, Cranbrook, and the Armour Institute where she received a degree in Architecture. She was a protegee of Eero Saarinen, and worked with big timer Bauhaus gents like Walter Gropius, Marcel Breur, and Wallace K. Harrison.
In an effort to bring in business during the war, Florence proposed to Hans that they work with architects by doing interior design. It was successful and the two married in 1946 and became full partners in the business. In 1955 Hans Knoll died in a car accident leaving Florence the President of the company until 1960. She remained the director of design until 1965. Florence contributed tons to the company by bringing in designers and big name clients. She also designed furniture for the company, helped with many of their textiles, and designed a lot of interiors and showrooms for Knoll.

Florence Knoll is most noted for some of the interiors she worked on when she ran the Knoll Planning Unit.

Photos taken from Burning Settler’s cabin
In 2002 Florence was awarded the National Medal of arts – CUZ SHE HELLA EARNED IT.

If you would like to know more about Florence and the Knoll Planning unit check out the decorative arts trust link provided above and Knoll’s website.

North Pole Party People: Tad Carpenter

28 Nov

If you are lookin’ for a cute and fun gift this season that will not hurt your pockets, look no further!
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Tad Carpenter’s board game is it.
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“Each year I create a set of holiday goods to give to friends and family. This year I created my own little board game called North Pole Party people! Each game comes with 6 figures and stands, dice and 18×24 inch gameboard. Super fun for the whole family. Each piece is silkscreend in 3 colors including metallic gold. So grab the fam and start a game!”

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I couldn’t think of a better way to spend 20 bucks than this incredible game!

Charlie Crowther-Smith

24 Oct

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I’am in love with the mid mod inspired furnitue by Charlie Crowther Smith.
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These lil’ pops of color are what really got me and that cabinet’s illustrations. Mah. A good source of inspiration for any junky piece that may need new life!

String shelving: Nisse Strinning

20 Oct

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Damn these shelves make everything that get’s put on them look marvelous. Simply marvelous. These shelves were designed by Nisse Strinning, with help from his wife Kajsa. They originally designed the shelves to win a competition the Bonnier Library put on in 1949. They took flight. Became a staple in scandinavian homes and are still used today. I know right? How can this be. How can a whole country still be in love with something decades later?

I’d imagine the appeal is not only because theses lil’ storage dudes look pretty good doing what they spouse to be doing but also because the price is pretty comfortable too.
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Look at dem prices. It’s pretty Nisse eh? EH? *bad joke drum roll
I’ll be here all night folks!
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You can order one of these bad boys from String er here. I will be sure to share some photo’s of mine once they are all put up. I know. MOAR shelving. I got’s lotsa stuff guys. Also if you end up purchasing a string… you don’t need to tell them Mimomito sent you. They wont care. Nobody set me up to try and sell these dude’s to you so hard. I just really like ’em.

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