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designers rate Michael Graves, FAIA Founder & Principal, Michael Graves & Associates 1. Akari Bamboo Lamp BB2/K1 1951, designed by Isamu Noguchi This lamp is made with an Indian silk shade, bamboo shaft, and cast-iron base in the shape of a rock. The lamp appeals to me because of its timelessness and the fact that it is intrinsically useful. 2. Snow Peak Bamboo Folding Chair,1998 This folding chair reminds me of the 1940s butterfly chair, but it provides a dining height rather than lounge. It is surprisingly comfortable, and for those who want to fold it up and put it away, it accomplishes that task splendidly. 3. Renee Desk Lamp by Michael Graves for Neue Galerie I couldn’t help but include the table lamp I designed for the Neue Galerie last year, as it is a product I am quite proud of and one that I use daily. photo credit Barry Johnson 3. 50 YEARS Contract asks eight designers to name and explain their preferred commercial interior products from the past five decades LAST favorite products of the 1. 2. 4. 6. Nestor Santa-Cruz, IIDA, LEED AP Associate and Design Director, Gensler, Washington, D.C. 4. Taccia 1962 , designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, produced by Flos The scale of the lamp and combination of the classical column shaft with the parabolic diffuser is so incredibly chic. The way it works is a technical triumph, and once you place it in a room, it becomes a “light sculpture.” 5. PK 54 Table 1963, designed by Poul Kjaerholm, produced by Fritz Hansen This is the most beautiful and minimal of Modern tables designed in the last 50 years. The juxtaposition of the round and the cube, the detailing of the steel, and most clever and genius solution for a cantilevered extension ring, make this table a work of art. 5. 128 contract march 2010 6. MechoShade, Solar Protection Shade System 1969, MechoShade Systems, Inc. This unique product was ahead of its time in terms of energy efficiency in modern office buildings. It works with interiors and exteriors alike; this is in addition to all the technical and energy-efficiency qualities and benefits make this product a very special one.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - March 2010

Contract 3/10
Editor’s Note
Essays from the Past:
The Contract Design Dilemma (May 1962)
Space Planning Symposium (July 1963)
Changes in Workplaces Reflect Changes in Task Structure (June 1970)
Women Need Feminine Desks (June 1970)
Name “Interior Designer” Is a Misnomer Because of Broader Duties (August 1970)
Research Reveals Proper Height, Width, Depth of Furniture, from Office Chairs to Library Tables (September 1970)
Astounding Technology Portends Drastic Office Changes in the ’80s (January 1980)
Is the Office Really Necessary? (January 1989)
If You Cut Your Fee, Do You Bleed? (June 1990)
Design: Retrospective
Essays on the Future:
More Happiness, Less Stuff: By Ray C. Anderson
The Social Aspect of Social Responsibility: By John Cary
Leading in the Global Market: By Ross Donaldson
Technology Trends: By Cathryn Barrett
Inadmissible Evidence: By Michael Berens
Designers Rate: Eight Designers Pick Their Favorite Three Commercial Interiors Products of the Last 50 Years
Ad Index

Contract - March 2010