10/4/2012 - Geode Light Launched on Kickstarter
This is my first experiment with Kickstarter. It's been quite a rush getting ready to put it up- photography, video, getting the word out- but here we are. I'm not above the shameless plug: Watch the video, pre-order your own Geode, and support us!
Geode at the Ghost Nest booth, NYIGF.
photo: Reid Evans
8/19/2012 - Geode is an accent light you can personalize with your own images.
Launching at the New York International Gift Fair, this has been a super fun and fast project. I've worked with Ghost Nest before, and thoroughly enjoyed their process and point of view. Geode represents a new direction for the company- blending their unique system for personalizing home accents with high-tech and fun lighting. This isn't a digital picture frame — it's a printed image on a light. I think there's something very powerful in a static image that inspires, makes us fond or nostalgic, something that doesn't happen flipping through endless slideshows and galleries on a screen.
From the response at the gift fair, it seems like a lot of people are excited about Geode. We're rushing to meet orders already! I foresee a lot of time talking with injection molding vendors in the next few weeks...
You can check out more of Geode here: geode-light.com, and while you're there, sign up for the mailing list so I can send you one when they're ready!
8/4/2012 - Possibly my favorite place in the world
Sometimes you have to just put down the pen, pencil, mouse, etc. and get out of town. My family has been fortunate to have this cottage tucked away on Lake Gogebic in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a bit over a century. And it hasn't changed much in the last half-century at least, but that's just fine with me. It's a wonderful place to unplug among the pines, spend some time on / in the water, and catch up with family.
7/3/2012 - Horizon brings in a few more big honors
I spent over a year working on Horizon with Peter and Mike, as well as Humanscale's talented engineering team. It's super gratifying to see all the recognition it's receiving. Among many others, this week I learned of three new ones: It's been added to the permanent collections at MoMA and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, and won the IDSA's IDEA Gold award. Huzzah!
Medici Chair, KGID. photo: Gerhardt Kellerman
5/26/2012 - ICFF / NYC Design Week
I just came back from a spectacular ICFF- I think it was the best I've seen yet. Top-quality work, bustling crowds, and it wouldn't be right to spend a week in Javits without seeing the roof leak a little. Helped Peter Stathis and Peter Kahane launch their new lighting venture: Light&Contrast.
Highlights:Herman Miller temporary shop in SoHo- They should make this permanent. I got to check out a prototype plywood Eames Shell Chair- while listening to Konstantin Grcic talk about his design process. His new outdoor chair "Medici" is remarkably comfortable, and, as he points out, noticeably influenced by his use of cardboard as a primary modeling material.
Ingo Maurer's exhibition for design week is always an inspiration. Check out the video here, it really captures the magic of his new chandelier. Even his circuit boards are beautifully laid out.
The latest product we had in the show is Symtra. I think it's one of the best pieces we've done, even if it's quirky. Humanscale showed it in their booth, and judging from the response they got, I think it's going to be a popular piece. I'll have more info about it here soon...
It's nearly impossible to get a taxi leaving the Javits center after a day at the show. At least once a year, we end up in a stretch- it just works out that way.
My friends from Urbio showed their vertical gardens, to a great response. It's a cool product- if you aren't familiar, check it out. It's awesome to see how they've taken this from a kickstarter idea to a fully developed product.
Finally, my new web site.
Come back soon for actual news, for now here's a picture of me from 1986.