Yesterday would have been Charles Eames’ 105th birthday. Let’s celebrate the man who, together with his wife Ray, gave the 20th century much of its distinctive shape and helped set the foundation of modern design. Happy birthday, Charles — here’s six ways to you.
1. “100 Quotes by Charles Eames” An engaging compendium of quotations from Charles Eames compiled by the Eames Office with Herman Miller to celebrate his centennial year in 2007. Culled from articles, books, films, and more, it’s presented in seven languages, illustrating the global reach of the Herman Miller community. Read up on it at the Eames Gallery.
2. Eames Elephant The original Eames Elephants were designed as toys and constructed from molded plywood. Because of their complexity, the Eameses never put them into production; today, you can enjoy the iconic design produced in polypropylene and available in five colors. Get one at DWR.
3. Eames Lounge Chair Exploded Print Like the exploded sculpture included in the golden anniversary exhibition of the Eames Lounge Chair, this exploded print of the legendary design details its unique construction from veneer to cushions to shock mounts. Get yours at the Eames Gallery.
4. “Convertible, Version One and Two (For Charles Eames),” The Vandermark 5 Two tracks from the album “A Discontinuous Line” by “post bop” jazz group Vandermark 5 are dedicated to Charles Eames himself. Hear them now at Amazon.
5. Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair with Wood Base Time Magazine called this chair the best design of the 20th century. Constructed from plywood molded to fit the contours of the human body, it’s available in five veneers and the striking red aniline stain. Get one at Herman Miller.
6. The Films of Charles and Ray Eames Starting in the early 1950s, the Eameses created over 85 films covering a broad range of the subjects that fascinated them. The set of six volumes includes “Tops,” “Powers of Ten,” and more. Get it at Amazon.
Bonus: Eames Foundation Membership The Eames Foundation was established in 2004 to preserve and protect the iconic home of Charles and Ray Eames as well as to provide educational experiences that celebrate their legacy. With a foundation membership, you can enjoy the privilege of visiting the Eames House and the reward of helping to ensure its survival for generations to come. Join the foundation today.
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