Monday, May 4, 2015

Herman Miller and Maharam | Lines, Grid & Blocks by Scholten & Baijings

Coinciding with Salone del Mobile 2015, Herman Miller and Maharam have partnered with Dutch design duo Scholten & Baijings to present Lines, Grid & Blocks, an environmental installation on
view at the Herman Miller National Design Center at Corso Garibaldi 70 in Milan’s Brera district.

For Lines, Grid & Blocks, Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings employed Blocks and Grid, their new woven textiles created in collaboration with Maharam, to transform select furniture pieces from the Herman Miller Collection, recently introduced to the European market. Applied to the Wireframe Sofa by Industrial Facility’s Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, the Brabo Club Chair by Vincent Van Duysen, the Tuxedo Bench by BassamFellows, and a selection of classic Ward Bennett seating, the textiles' 27.5-foot long repeats allow for unique characteristics of the furniture to emerge with each application. Floor-to-ceiling textile panels offer visitors an opportunity to observe the expansive repeats in unbroken vertical planes. To complete the installation, Scholten & Baijings designed tabletop items selected from their personal archives complement a range of Herman Miller Collection tables.

In 1948, George Nelson created the first Herman Miller Collection, with the goal of "a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.”  He understood that the Collection would evolve as human behavior changed and new materials and manufacturing technologies emerged. Today’s modern living embraces the blending of life and work, with greater appreciation for contemporary design and mobile and ubiquitous technologies offering new freedom of choice in where and how people express their lifestyles and pursue their professions. The Herman Miller Collection welcomes and enriches this new era, as Herman Miller endeavors to realize Nelson’s vision for the modern home, office, and public spaces.

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