Profiling the Masters: Achille Castiglioni

“If you aren’t curious, forget it!” Achille Castiglioni’s work was marked by inventiveness, humor, and playful creativity. On this day, he would have been 100 years old, and his rich career in architecture and design still inspires and delights today. Born on February 16, 1918 in Milan, Italy, he started working with his brothers Livio […]

Profiling the Masters: Michael Graves

For while it is probably not possible to make a drawing without a conscious intention, the drawing does possess a life of its own, an insistence, a meaning, which is fundamental to its existence.  — Michael Graves Few are credited with spearheading a single design movement; Michael Graves, well-known throughout the world for design excellence, […]

Profiling the Masters: Le Corbusier

“I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.” —Le Corbusier (1887 – 1965) Le Corbusier by Willy Rizzo. Photos © Willy Rizzo Le Corbusier, born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in 1887, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, writer, and urban planner. Often known as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, his storied career […]

Profiling the Masters: George Nelson

“Design is a process. One starts with a need, a problem, and ends up with a design for a thing.” -George Nelson Early in his storied career, Nelson was appointed director of design at Herman Miller, a position he held for almost 30 years. While there, he recruited other iconic modern designers, including Charles and Ray Eames […]

Profiling the Masters: Alvar Aalto

Recognized today as one of the great masters of architecture, Alvar Aalto’s influence on design is undeniable. His architecture is uniquely Finnish, and distinctive for its strong relationship to nature, emphasis on function, and attention to detail. Aalto began to think of furnishings as a natural extension to his architecture.  In fact, his first pieces of […]

Profiling the Masters: Isamu Noguchi

“Everything is sculpture.” – Isamu Noguchi As we take a look at design throughout history, no list would not be complete with Isamu Noguchi. Born in Los Angeles in 1904, the midcentury master is perhaps best known for his eponymous Noguchi Table, a coffee table made of two interlocking curly cues of wood, topped with a triangular […]

Profiling the Masters: Charles and Ray Eames

“The details are not the details.  They make the design.” – Charles Eames As we take a look at some of the masters of design, no list would be complete without Charles and Ray Eames.  This husband and wife team created more than just a style or look, but infused their work with the type […]

Profiling the Masters: Arne Jacobsen

Did you know Arne Jacobsen trained as a mason before studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen? There, he was influenced by the work of Le Corbusier, Gunnar Asplund, and Mies van der Rohe. Functionality and craftsmanship were key. According to Design Within Reach, Jacobsen bought a plywood chair designed by Charles […]


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Ask a Retailer: Soft Square

In the movement to support original design, retailers hold a key role: they are the bridge between manufacturers and consumers, bringing designs from the production floor to people’s homes. To find out more, we asked our member Soft Square to tell us about being a retailer that supports original design.  Tell us a bit about […]