Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The studio was extremely fortunate to receive a private tour of Charles and Ray Eames' home and studio by their grandson, Eames Demetrios this past Saturday in California. Some photos of the house here.

The thing that always inspired me most about Charles and Ray was not the fact that they created some of the most important furniture of the 20th century and pioneered processes that would influence how we design well into this century. It was how they applied a holistic, expressive approach to every aspect of their work and lives. They were never afraid to experiment in different medias and disciplines, invented processes along the way, and seemed to take their work and life together as an adventure of their own creation, where anything was possible and everything was extraordinary. It was a real treat to see the tumbleweed the couple had picked up while driving from Cranbrook to Los Angeles on their honeymoon, one of the first of many objects, both precious and everyday, which Charles and Ray collected for inspiration. (Sorry I don't have a pic of the tumbleweed - we weren't supposed to shoot photos inside the house.)

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