Design Inspiration: The Eternal Appeal of Eames
More than 75 years after they first arrived in Los Angeles, the modern art and design of Charles and Ray Eames remains a staple of Mid-century style. It’s hard to imagine modern seating or architecture without instantly thinking “Eames!,” yet their lasting creative collaboration was about much more.
Apart from their amazingly popular modern furniture, this creative pair made many films, created a multi-screen media installation for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, conceptualized a national aquarium, and designed one of the earliest – and most enchanting – solar powered kinetic sculptures.
In honor of Charles’s birthday this week, please enjoy a few Eames-embellished interiors we spotted on Houzz, a reminder of how much the Eameses’ everlasting style remains a favorite of modern design lovers everywhere.
An essential element of their layered living room, the original black bird was a piece of American folk art that caught the couple’s eye while traveling. A favorite of Charles and Ray, it appeared regularly in their photos and advertisements.
The Eames classic molded plywood chair was praised as the Best Design of the Century by TIME in 1999. What some modern art lovers may not know is that Charles also used his skill and experience molding plywood to help soldiers in the Second World War, when he and Ray were recruited by the United States military to create new lightweight wooden splints and glider shells.
Embodying the best of Mid-century comfort and cool, this Eames signature seat celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016. Enthusiasts will appreciate this photo-filled post from Eames Office featuring images Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali and other legendary A-listers enjoying this most-loved modern seating…
Part of the permanent collection at MoMA and many other museums around the world, one of the first lounge chairs was gifted to the Eameses’ close friend and creative collaborator, director Billy Wilder. (Image: Design by Right Meets Left Interior Design / Photography by John Dolan Photography, Courtesy of Houzz)
Sporting the clean lines that the Eames design sensibility is known for, the generous proportions of this long and low elliptical beauty make the surfboard table an engaging centerpiece, with lots of room for get-togethers, or for showing off books, art or small sculpture.
Fun and functional, Charles and Ray’s Mid-century shelving offers a sculptural take on storage.
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