The Indianapolis Museum of Art is now offering tours of the recently restored Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Built in 1957 for the industrialist, modern architecture patron, and civil rights activist J. Irwin Miller, and designed by architect and furniture designer Eero Saarinen with interiors by fabric designer Alexander Girard and landscape design by Dan Kiley. Constructed out of steel, glass, and stone, it is a great example of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe influenced modernism. I love how the pristine white open plan interior is punctuated with bold pops of bright color and ethnic textiles, giving the home some warmth and playfulness and bringing it to life.
Check out this amazing electric blue Polar Bear eraser I picked up from the gift shop at the Oakland Museum of California (well worth a visit). It’s part of the Endangered Species Erasers series by the Dutch company Kikkerland. 2% of sales are donated to helping endangered species through the Center for Biological Diversity. Also in the series are a Red Rhinoceros and a Green Gorilla.
A timeless example of simply elegant and functional design, it could easily have been designed today. The wood base in the shape of a cross supports a square wood shaft, which transitions into a cylinder. The drum shade is supported by chrome fittings, which rest on a rubber ring that can be adjusted up or down. The warm glow emitting from the parchment shade turns on and off by pulling on the lamp cord, and is suitable for general lighting or reading.
I was lucky enough to purchase one at a floor sample sale about ten years ago. Some of you may have seen it displayed in my showroom – now it’s in my home, for good.
The Cesta Lantern, designed in 1964, is another classic by Miguel Mila.