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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 01-04-2009 08:11 PM 1961 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What I should be doing…

is getting my shop in order because I got a truckload of wood and sheet goods from guy that was moving his shop. I have a built-in banquette to get going on in the shop now that the holidays and family mayhem are behind us (in a good grandkids way.)

I found gold!

Actually what I found was a Herman Miller prduction video while digging through the Furnitude blog by LJ member Mitch. I just LOVE Herman Miller.

What is very important about this video is that it shows the design through production process.

I think that this is a very interesting video and it may give some insight to these topics. The design process is something that most have trouble with. I hope to cover more of my process in the future so that it may help others.

And Now, Your Feature Presentation-

Mitch – Thanks for what you share

Peace, Love, & Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 01-04-2009 08:26 PM

@Todd: Pretty interesting…


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 08:31 PM

Hey Todd,

Charles and Ray Eames are two of my favorite American designers; they did amazing stuff back in the day. I own an Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Thanks for posting this!


-- Matthew Weatherly

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 08:31 PM

thanks for the post … enjoyed watching the video

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 08:37 PM

Cool video. I was expecting to see some wood. Still I watched the entire thing. I wonder how much those chairs cost

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 09:04 PM

That was too cool. Sounded like they might have used music from an old Twilight Zone episode.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 01-04-2009 09:07 PM

Herman Miller, Design Within Reach, Bang & Olufsonsen, Ray & Charles Eames, BDI Furniture, Roche Bobois, and many others…

These are all manufacturers, designers, and distributors that I enjoy looking to for their designs.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 01-04-2009 10:21 PM

Really interesting video. Thanks for the post.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 01-05-2009 12:07 AM

Interesting. I always enjoy learning how something is made.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 01-05-2009 12:37 AM

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#10 posted 01-05-2009 02:10 AM

So 2 design students home for Easter recess asked if you had to do it all over again would you enter the industry differently,.................. the answer was, yeah, first try and land a job in the Herman Miller sample shop.

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#11 posted 01-05-2009 02:32 AM

Thank you Todd.

I’ve just downloaded and watch it and it is great indeed. I share your love for all the designers you mention but B&O, too linear for me, I love curves.

Last week I had in my hands the coffee table book about the Eames Lounge Chair but I was reluctant to pay $40 for it without being able to open it and peek inside. Anyone has any advice on this one? It is still on sale for 10 days as the only bookstore of Kyoto that caters mostly to foreign books has declared bankruptcy and closes its doors on the 15th.

On the other hand, last winter I bought a coupe of books on chairs and tables respectively, very cheap and with, literally, thousands of designs, pictures and inside on the design process and history. Great quality and not expensive at all. Even if you don’t understand Japanese you can take advantage of them. Books are very cheap here so I don’t want to think about the time when we leave this country and I ship all that stuff. :o(

By the way, I have an oldie but goodie from when the Eames Lounge Chair was first introduced to the public. It includes an interview with both of them and a quick time lapse of the assembly. If you want it you just have to ask.

Maybe it should be time to start a forum dedicated to the design process here: both conceptual and practical, from the initial inspiration to the SketchUp struggling. What do you guys think? Should we ask Martin?

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#12 posted 01-05-2009 03:05 AM

Interesting post, Todd. We tend to take pieces like this for granted with little thought about the effort that goes into their construction. It is nice to see how these type of chairs are made.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 01-05-2009 04:21 AM

That was a blast from the past! Cool seeing the design phase…I like that funky sliding wooden prototype device they used. It reminded me of the old movies we would watch in high school shop about how they designed car body’s with the hand drawn curves and clay models! Cool stuff Todd, thanks!


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#14 posted 01-05-2009 08:17 AM

Great post Todd,

I consider myself very fortunate to work for a company that is part of Herman Miller.

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#15 posted 01-05-2009 07:24 PM

Hi Todd, Excellent post. Thanks for the mention!

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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