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Tuesday
May222012

Modern Toolbox 

Designed by Arik Levy in 2010, this Toolbox by Vitra grabs our attention due to the simplicity, functionality, and overall aesthetic.

Whether you are at the office or studio, this great little organizer can help you keep things in check while resting on your desk or in transit. Made of injected molded plastic, durability and longevity should not be a problem. And the color choices of grays, black, brick red, and mustard yellow will allow one to keep it neutral or embrace some subtle color.



 
The pictures tell the rest of the tale on this one……..get organized! 

Friday
May112012

Herman Miller - POP

The maker of all things modern and authentic just opened a pop-up shop in NYC - now through July 1, 2012. It features settings of furniture, accessories, and other design objects. Talk about past and present; this gathering has the bases covered. One can view historical designs alongside current designs as well as some prototypes.

 



This temporary store ties in with their newly coined Herman Miller Collection – “our comprehensive portfolio of authentic modern designs the lets you select, furnish, and create complete environments in a variety of setting – from the boardroom to the backyard.”




 Herman Miller has been part of American production and design since the early 1900’s. And starting in the 1940’s, HM starting embracing such forward thinkers as Charles and Ray Eames, Noguchi, and George Nelson as its design director. (1945 to1972) We see this pop-up as great starting point for newbies and as a great reminder for those who have followed this company and their historical happenings. 


Herman Miller Pop Up
68 Wooster Street
NY, NY
open 7 days a week until July 1 

Friday
May042012

Wood Meets Cast Aluminum......Seamless

As we look back at this years Milan Furniture Fair, the objects designed and presented by Hilla Shamia have resonated with us. This young Israeli based designer presented some furniture pieces referred to as "Wood Casting" which happen to merge wood and aluminum. The cast aluminum process fills the voids within the wood when poured, leaving the look of having been submerged in a lake of aluminum. in a way, it is wrapping and preserving this natural material.







The process includes high heat and smoke, which results in the wood having a singed look with the the darkest point being where the wood and aluminum meet. As with the natural wood itself, the end result is unique and no two are alike. This holds true with the aluminum component of these as well, as the casting process leaves surface imperfections. The squared off tops allow them to be used as tables and/or stools. 

We applaud this mix of craft, modernity, materials, and the process. This combination results in an object that has longevity too! MGS will be keeping an eye on this up and coming designer as she carves and casts her way into the never ending world of design.

Wednesday
May022012

1953.......Simplicity

This is the Walker Guest House built in 1953 and designed by Paul Rudolph. This 650 square foot house is a kit of off the shelf materials and moving parts. It was to be a temporary living solution until the main house was built for the Walker family. Construction costs for this great little structure came in at just over $10,000. This was one of Rudolph’s first commissions as and architect / designer.



Simplicity is the best way to describe this project. The square shaped building has four walls that each contain three equal panels – one being of fixed glassed with the other two being wood that is hinged and counterbalanced to raise. These were used for shading the sun, cross ventilation, and for enclosing the entire house when down. 



The interior is broken into four quadrants – bedroom, living, kitchen, and dining. Raising wooden flaps helped extend some of these spaces to the outdoors, blending the inside with the surrounding landscape. This helped in adding square footage to the houses footprint.


Simplicity of fabrication was key for this project due to is being located on an island. Modular construction and lightweight materials helped with eliminating overall waste. This held true to how many people it took to construct this building as well.

Rudolph described this as one of his Florida favorites and that “it crouches like a spider in the sand.”

 

Monday
Apr092012

(Rad)io Italy

Brionvega is an Italian brand that has carved forward thinking design ideas from the landscape of electronics since 1945. This was pushed further in the 1960's after teaming up with the likes of Marco Zanuso, Mario Bellini, Castiglioni, and Sottsass. The goods and company have gone through several chapters since the beginning, but current prodcution and vintage pieces are available today. 

The TS522, designed in 1964 by Zanuso and Sapper, remains one of our favorties here at MGS. A self contained plastic cube that forces one to open to discover that it is a provider of music. One side of the cube supplies controls for choosing stations while the other side provides a speaker and volume control. 



The RR226 was designed by Pier Giacommo and Achille Castiglioni in 1965, a unique classic that holds its own aesthetically and functionally. Ahead of its time, it contained a record player, amp, and radio all contained in a forward design form. 



No doubt that these designs inflenced many others for the decades to follow, and today provide historical inspiration for design and audio appreciators.