A Fly on the Wall

>> Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending a party hosted by Herman Miller at the new Nine Zero Hotel in Boston. The guest of honor at this party was George Nelson's personal secretary of 21 years, Hilda Longinotti.

Here she is modeling during her early years with Nelson.
 And here she is years later, while working with Herman Miller.

And let me tell you...this woman had some stories! She told us all the scoop on George Nelson, including what it was like to work in a design firm in the 50's {imagine Mad Men meets architecture}. She met Andy Warhol on several occasions. Nelson's office had hired him to do several renderings for one of their projects before he was the Andy Warhol. She was around when Nelson invited Ray and Charles Eames to join the Herman Miller design team. This woman has seen it all and it was so exciting to get to hear it all first hand from such a fun, spunky personality. I felt like I was a fly on the wall of one one of the greatest design practices to date. I think George must have been in love with her. I sure was.


I, of course, love George Nelson as well. Remind me later to tell you the real scoop on Ray and Charles Eames! You. will. die.

12 comments:

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime March 31, 2010 at 9:58 PM  

What a great event... I walked by that hotel last week on the way to Marliave for restaurant week...it looks so contemporary! How was it inside?

LindsB March 31, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

Wow, what a fun event! I bet tomorrow nights event will be 100 time better though, I just have a feeling :)

Rebecca April 1, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

Ohh please do tell more!! Sounds fantastic!

Peck Avenue April 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

Oh man, now I'm really regretting not attending this event! I didn't go because no one else in my office was going - wish I had known a fellow blogger would be there, it would have been so funny to bump into you!

Anna/Quilted Giraffe April 1, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

That sounds like an awesome party. I'm jealous!

Consider yourself reminded to give us the Eames scoop. ;-)

sarah, flourish design + style April 2, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

Sounds very, very fabulous. More details please! xo

Hänni April 2, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

Wow, what an opportunity! And yes, please do tell us more about the eameses

Emily April 2, 2010 at 11:07 PM  

Ok, I must have missed the story the other night, right? This is so great, I'm jealous!
So nice seeing you this week!

angela hardison April 5, 2010 at 3:42 AM  

i'm obsessed with that wall unit.

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