Archive for June, 2011

Making Aerons Green

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Makoto Azuma's astroturf chair might not live up Don Chadwick’s "breath-ability" vision for the Aeron chair he designed, but we'd be thrilled to get grass stains sitting in it!

When Chadwick was creating the Aeron chair, he wasn't interested in the style of the chair — he focused on the mechanics of how it worked and how it was built. He was driven by the belief that everyone deserves to sit in a comfortable chair, no matter their reason for sitting.

A Japanese florist and artist, Makoto Azuma, has taken Chadwick' s Aeron a step further and created a “very green Aeron”. Azuma' s artwork gives people a moment of beauty through unusual forms of art.

Photo credits: Makoto Azuma

If you happen to be in Tokyo this summer, stop by Herman Miller’s store to check out the green Aeron chair on display.

Do Montessori schools create creators?

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Does a less structured learning style nurture innovative thinking and experimentation? By giving children a Montessori education, will you increase their creativity and inventiveness?

There is a healthy and ongoing conversation about the benefits of Montessori education. Montessori schools are designed to inspire individuals to follow their curiosity; to not worry about being right or wrong, but rather encourage critical thinking about their actions and outcomes. Montessori learning methods are intended to foster creative communities through student collaboration.

Many of today’s leading innovative thinkers attended Montessori. Nicknamed the Montessori Mafia, they include: Larry Page and Sergei Brin (co-founders of Google), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), Will Wright (prolific game developer), Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia) and Julia Child (chef, author and television personality).

In this article, The Wall Street Journal, The Montessori Mafia, discusses some of the differences between Montessori and traditional learning.

Do you think it’s a coincidence that many of today’s leaders attended a Montessori school, or is the Montessori method of learning directly responsible for bringing out the traits of these modern day innovators?