It’s with great sadness that we learned of the death of 83-year old industrial designer, Charles Pollock.
Mr. Pollock’s crowning achievement was an office chair characterized by a single aluminum band around its perimeter that held it together, structurally and visually. Massive numbers of the chairs have been sold since its introduction in 1963, and it remains a major piece of the prestigious Knoll Collection. Often simply called the Pollock chair, it has been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the Louvre, and has made millions in royalties for Mr. Pollock. – New York Times
In 2012, Jerry Helling went on a quest to find Mr. Pollock in hopes that he would design something for his company, Bernhardt Design. The result was the award-winning CP Lounge Chair, a “sleek, contoured design” that Pollock “likened to an old Jaguar”.
Even though we will no longer see new designs from this designer, we can continue to be inspired by his vision and love of making beautiful things.
Yves Béhar (1967-Present)
Born to a German mother and Turkish father, this Swiss-born industrial designer studied at the Art Center College of Design in California.
For a relatively young designer, he has had a remarkable career. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, he started out working with high tech Silicon Valley clients such as Apple and Hewlett Packard, eventually gravitating into the sport, apparel, technology and furniture arenas.
His collaboration with Herman Miller came about through one such conversation. An admirer of Charles and Ray Eames, Béhar decided he wanted to do something for the company himself. “Design is very much at the center of Herman Miller’s culture,” he says. “So one day I just picked up the phone, called them, and said, ‘Let’s work together.’”
Four years later, Herman Miller introduced his two brilliantly innovative lighting products, Leaf and Ardea.
(image and bio via Herman Miller)
That got me thinking, is there really a right and wrong way to decorate your own coffee table? Or do you even need to?
Read below to find out what Sarita Peresada, one of our designers, had to say.
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