When Creative Directors of Herman Miller, Scott Fellows and Craig Bassam, were selecting where to present the most comprehensive West Coast presentation of the Herman Miller Collection, the Carondelet House seemed the last place to look. Built in 1928 in downtown Los Angeles, the house was originally intended to be an urban Italian villa. The exposed brick walls, traditional moldings, and rustic flooring, contrast the modern simplicity of the Herman Miller collection beautifully, which recently relaunched the Eames Fiberglass Shell Chair in a newly reformulated sustainable fiberglass material. George Nelson created the first Herman Miller Collection in 1948, with the goal of "a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living." George would be proud, for the bold contrast demonstrated at the Carondelet House seems to encompass just what we're all requiring in this modern era: a little bit of old with a little bit of new.
Photography: David Lauridsen