Museum of Modern Art

Steve Frykholm’s Picnic Posters for Herman Miller.

This just put a huge smile on my face. Produced by Dress Code this is the story of Steve Frykholm, Herman Miller’s first in-house graphic designer. Frykholm stayed with Herman Miller for 44 years working on internal projects for the company. One of his favorites, and the subject of this film, are the posters he created for the annual company picnic. This is the story of how the posters came to be, and their induction into the Museum of Modern Art. I love how Frykholm’s laid back attitude about how these came to be runs in stark contrast to the creative process of the digital age. There is no way a committee could have deluded his concepts with an endless sea of changes, revisions, and interjections. Because of it, the posters Frykholm created are as fresh and original today, as they were when he started making them in 1970.


Soundstick It.

I actually own a set of the original Harman Kardon Soundsticks. I’ve had them for about 6 years and I really do love them. The clear plastic design helps them fade away into the background of the room, and they put out some solid sound. (at least my rock scarred ear drums think so. I’m probably not the best judge though thanks to my punk rock years) Like all speaker systems, actually like all modern electronics, one thing that has always bugged me are the wires. With the original Soundsticks there are copious amounts of cable, but now Harman Kardon SoundSticks have been updated into a wireless version.

SoundSticks III now use Bluetooth technology to deliver a signal to the six-inch subwoofer, and two satellite  speakers with eight full-range drivers. The speakers still deliver 40 watts of amplification which won’t blow the windows out of your humble abode, but will fill a good sized room with lots of sound. Harman Kardon Soundsticks III can seamlessly stream audio from any of your Bluetooth enabled devices. No word on iPhone 5 support, so I know I won’t be buying these right away. They will be going on the wish list though.

George Nelson Bubble Lamp

George Nelson Saucer Lamp

George Nelson Saucer Lamp

The new Saucer Criss-Cross Nelson Bubble Lamp arrived today. We got it from of all places Gump’s in San Francisco. Yes Gump’s. I have no idea why they carry them but they do. Originally we were going to get the Cigar lamp for the old house, (the floor standing model) but with the new house we have gone for a ceiling mount lamp. We bought from Gump’s because we had a 300 dollar credit there and it covered most of the cost of the lamp. It’s funny on the receipt that was in the box it said “Gump’s Basement”, which makes me wonder if these are remainder items from a few years back when Mid-Century Modern was the hot decorating style.

We have decided to hang it in  the house above the kitchen island at the end of a 3 light run. The position is perfect for it since it will center out in the second module of the home, and create a visual break in the large open room that functions as Living Room, Dining Room, and Kitchen. The electrician won’t be out until after Tuesday, so I am not going to see this installed until after get back from South Africa. None the less I am excited because the lamp looks so awesome.

The lamps are manufacture to exact specifications to the original manufacturing process by Modernica of Southern California. The first Bubble Lamp was designed by George Nelson in 1947, and produced by Howard Miller starting in the early 1950’s, only to end production in 1979. The Bubble Lamp is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.



When I get back, I’ll post photos of the light in its new location.