I have never been the jealous type. I have always been content with what I had. I must admit there are a few things I have coveted, admired, but always viewed them as intangible. But when you see something in the home of a good friend (and very talented local architect) and you think, “I must have it!”, you start thinking creatively. How can the intangible become a reality?
Above image from Architectural Digest.com.
If you are a musician, you probably have some favorite bands. An artist, a master. As a designer you develop favorite designers and are influenced by their work. A recognized innovator in furniture design is Eames.
If you are fortunate enough to have inherited or purchased one of his infamous designs, I must admit, I am jealous.
For those of us still working towards one of these collectables I have found some Eames inspired accessories that may help to satisfy your craving.
pillow from Inhabitliving.com
|“Design is for living. That maxim shaped a widespread shift in design during the 1940s and 1950s. It was a revolution of form, an exciting visual language that signaled a new age and a fresh start – and two of its prime movers were Charles and Ray Eames. The Eameses were a husband and wife team whose unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Sleek, sophisticated and simple. Beautifully functional.
Yet Charles and Ray Eames created more than a “look” with their bent plywood chairs or molded fiberglass seating. They had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to fulfill the practical needs of ordinary people and bring greater simplicity and pleasure to our lives.
The Eameses adventurously pursued new ideas and forms with a sense of “serious fun.” Yet, it was rigorous discipline that allowed them to achieve perfection of form and mastery over materials. As Charles noted about the molded plywood chair, “Yes, it was a flash of inspiration,” he said, “a kind of 30-year flash.” Combining imagination and thought, art and science, Charles and Ray Eames created some of the most influential expressions of 20th century design – furniture that remains stylish, fresh and functional today.
And they didn’t stop with furniture. The Eameses also created a highly innovative “case study” house in response to a magazine contest. They made films, including a seven-screen installation at the 1959 Moscow World’s Fair, presented in a dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. They designed showrooms, invented toys and generally made the world a more interesting place to be.
As the most important exponents of organic design, Charles and Ray Eames demonstrated how good design can improve quality of life and human understanding and knowledge.”
Inspiration…furniture envy, Realization… Accessories by Eames.