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Herman Miller Book from A. Quincy Jones and Elaine K. Sewell Jones Collection

Today I found another inspiring book from the A. Quincy Jones collection. This book titled “A statement of expectations” is a small folio of photographs and statements intended to organize the proposed plan for the Herman Miller building in Bath, England. This book was written by Max de Pree, Chairman of Herman Miller in 1978 and was given to architects from the Farrell Grimshaw Partnership.

This book along with an assortment of design books from the A. Quincy Jones and Elaine K. Sewell Jones Collection will be offered in one lot in the LAMA May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Herman Miller Design Catalog (1964) from the collection of Elaine K. Sewell Jones

Another interesting book from the collection of A. Quincy Jones and Elaine K. Sewell Jones, this Herman Miller Design Catalog from 1964 features detailed designs, which are organized by dividers labeled: Chairs, Seating Systems, /Seating, Tables, Office Systems, /Conference Tables, Cases & Beds, /CSS, Textiles & Objects, General Information, and Specifications.

My favorite section is Textiles & Objects that arranges swatches of fabric and an assortment of colored fiberglass for Eames shell chairs.

This catalog will be available for purchase in the upcoming LAMA Spring 2010 Auction.

Here is a selection of photographs of pages from the Herman Miller Design Catalog.

Just in: Herman Miller Textiles & Objects Book of Photographs

LAMA is currently representing objects from the collection of Elaine K. Sewell Jones and A. Quincy Jones. Among the vast assortment of books, drawings, magazines, and photographs, one book in particular caught our eye.  A Herman Miller Textiles & Objects book of compiled photographs taken by Charles Eames, which was hand-made by Elaine Jones who handled public relations for T&O, contains images of the short-lived Textiles & Objects Shop in New York City. Textiles & Objects Shop was a Herman Miller store that showcased Alexander Girard fabrics, as well as objects Girard found on his international travels.

The T&O book was meant to act as marketing material for Elaine to promote the store. Elaine asked Eames for the prints he took of the interior of the store, and she used these images to compile the book.

This book represents the over-lapping of important Mid-Century design figures. Photographs taken from the eye of Charles Eames of an installation produced by Alexander Girard, and then hand picked and compiled by Elaine Jones.

Only a handful books were ever produced. This book will be offered in the next LAMA Auction in Spring 2010. **Correction: This book will NOT be offered with a T&O poster.