Charles Pollock Remembered

This is a sad designer profile, one for which we wish the circumstances were different. We’re accustomed to profiling either living designers or those who have passed away long ago. But the recent passing of Charles Pollock makes us stop and think for a while; life is fragile and beautiful, and when it’s cut short too soon we all experience loss in some way….

Niels Diffrient Passes Away

Designer Niels Diffrient, the “Grand-daddy of Ergonomics,” passed away yesterday. Not only did Diffrient design many of Humanscale’s top selling chairs of today, but he also influenced industrial design over the last several decades – touching everything from the sewing machine to airline livery. We’ve recounted his rich history in the design world here. If you have the opportunity, watch his TED talk (below)….

Designer Profile: Harry Bertoia

It seems that Charles Eames met, worked with, or directly influenced the majority of mid-century modern’s luminaries. Perhaps it’s because that community was so tight-knit, or maybe it was because they admired each others’ work so thoroughly. In any case, Harry Bertoia was no different. Born in Italy, he visited his brother in Detroit when he was 15. In a choice that would affect…

Designer Profile: Hans Wegner

For years, if we’re honest, many of us have invoked the words “Danish Modern” without really knowing where it came from or what it looked like. Many times we see something that looks different – a sofa with splayed legs, for instance – and say that it’s “Danish Modern-inspired.” And it may very well have been. But who inspired Danish Modern itself? Let’s just…