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Austin Museum of Art “Good Design” Art Exhibit

Attention interior design lovers and Herman Miller fans! This week is the last week to check out the Austin Museum of Art’s design-friendly exhibit, Good Design: Stories by Herman Miller. The exhibit “explores the collaborative problem-solving design process employed at the world-renowned and West Michigan-based furniture company, Herman Miller, Inc,” according to the AMOA website.

Herman Miller designers are best-known for their beautiful, practical furniture and for giving the world some of the most iconic pieces of the century.

On Thursday, September 1, in conjunction with the exhibit, local interior designers and architects were invited to the Austin Museum of Art-Downtown for the Herman Miller and Workplace Resources’ Good Design Challenge. In celebration of the exhibit, Herman Milller challenged local designers and artists to use the classic white Eames molded plastic chair as a canvas to their self-expression. AMOA will display the chairs in the Community Room and daily visitors will be asked to ‘vote’ on their favorites by making a donation in support of their most loved chair.

Lisa Retrum’s “Threads” chair. Photo by Michael Yetter, Austin American-Statesman

The display donations and live auction proceeds will benefit The Art School at Laguna Gloria Scholarship Program and Community in Schools-Central Texas. You can also see the chairs in this AMOA video posted to the museum’s Facebook page.

Have you been to the Good Design exhibit yet? Do you have a favorite chair?

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Playing with Color: Our Top 5 Resources for Color Palettes

If you’re planning on doing some major redecorating in the future but your less than large budget is dashing your lofty renovation dreams, incorporating unexpected or unique colors into your new design is a great way to change the feel of your room without breaking the bank!

The best way to get started with incorporating color is to draw inspiration from photos of current rooms, landscapes or even clothing that you like. Let the color combinations inspire you. At Furnish 123 Austin, we love drawing inspiration from all the local art that graces our walls!

It may sound easy but sometimes it can be downright difficult to know just where to begin when choosing the perfect color scheme. If you don’t have natural design skills, there are fortunately some great online tools and resources for finding the right color palette and generating color schemes. Here are our top 5 color palette tools & resources:

1. Color Scheme Designer

A current favorite, Color Scheme Designer helps you select complementary colors on a beautiful color wheel. With triad, tetrad, analogic and accented analogic color palettes this tool has a lot to offer.  You can also export color lists easily!

2. Kuler

A web-designer’s perfect tool is also great for home design use! Kueler is an Adobe Labs color palette that allows you to generate your own color palette or explore other’s color palettes, then export straight to Adobe Creative Suite applications. It’s simple and clean format makes finding your perfect palette fun.

3. Color Hunter

Have an image from your latest vacation that you want to re-create in your bedroom? Color Hunter lets you upload an image to create a color palette – awesome!

4. COLOURlovers

An interactive, creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns – a great resource whether you’re beginning in color theory or an old pro.

5. Make it Yours Column on DesignSponge

While not necessarily a tool, the Make it Yours series on DesignSponge is a great resource for color inspiration. This weekly column helps users find paint, products and home decor to capture a room’s color look completely.

For inspiration from one of our locals check out Austin Eavesdropper blogger’s bohemian inspired space featured in in the Austin American Statesman!

(Deborah Cannon AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

What are your favorite color combinations? Have you used any of these color palette generators before?