This Saturday, December 15, marks the centennial of influential artist and designer Ray Eames. Together with her husband Charles, she created some of the most distinctive design, photography, and artwork of the 20th century. Celebrate the legacy of Ray’s distinctive style and joyful creativity with these Six Ways to Ray Eames.
*Opening on February 23, 2013, The California Museum in Sacramento presents “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design,” revealing “a new perspective on Ray’s 60-year career in the arts, along with her influence on American culture and significance in history as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.”
1. Eames: Beautiful Details, by Eames Demetrios - This vibrant, portable Charles and Ray Eames “exhibit” explores not only the iconic designs of the husband-and-wife team, but the wit, joy, and poetry of their lives. Get yours from Amazon.
2. Eames Walnut Stool - Ray called on her training as a sculptor to design this multi-purpose stool, originally designed for the Time & Life Building in New York City. With its distinctive silhouette in solid walnut, the stool is everything from eye-catching sculpture, to seat and stool, to table and stand. Find them at Herman Miller.
3. Blik Eames Wall Adhesives - Ray’s textile prints, created in the 1940s, now reside in several museum collections. Thanks to Blik, they can now reside in your home as decorative wall designs. Choose from Ray’s Crosspatch and Circles designs in a variety of colors. Find yours at Blik.
4. Changing Her Palette: Paintings by Ray Eames - Before studying at Cranbrook Academy of Art (where she met Charles), Ray studied abstract expressionist painting with Hans Hoffman in New York. This essential 40-page catalog from her show at the Eames Office Gallery offers a wonderful look at her early artistic work. Available from the Eames Office.
5. Select Eames Wire Base Low Table - Celebrating Ray’s spirited style and contributions to design, Herman Miller presents playful interpretations of the Low Table in cobalt blue, yellow-gold, and red-orange. Add a dash of color and enormous versatility with the perfect small surface solution. See them at Herman Miller.
6. Sea Things Print Textile by Maharam - Part of the Maharam Twentieth Century Collection, Ray’s “Sea Things” textile design has been re-issued for the 21st century. The pattern, available as seating material in a range four colors, features the unique aquatic life Ray originally designed in the 1940s. Her Circles, Crosspatch, and famous Dot Pattern designs are also available. See them all at Maharam.