This book in two vols., has been researched, documented with amazing photos and clearly indicates and reflects the mood of the times in America in the mid-century.
As a research tool it is invaluable, as an architect or designer you will learn how the Eames office actually worked, and that the myth of Ray and Charles is not what many historians would have you believe as the God and Goddess of modern design.
It seems Saarinen, Bertoia, Ain and Albinson designed, refined and were given little if no credit for the entire line of funiture of the Eames, whereas Charles Eames had his focus on women, photography (lots of close-ups), and basically taking credit for all the work done at the 901 Washington Blvd., Venice building.
I cannot put the book down, perhaps the best design book I have bought in many years.
A beautiful work and many thanks to the authors, designers Mr. & Mrs. Neuhart for setting the record straight!
Stunning. This book provides the most comprehensive, gossipy, and behind-the-scenes overview of life in the Eames studio that I've ever seen. At first, the massive (it's HEAVY!) two volume series seems almost too massive to digest, but Marilyn Neuhart's writing is conversational, almost casual, and goes by fast.
It's a delight to read the profiles of the other, lesser-known designers - many of whom appeared to be the real stars behind some of the most famous chairs. Each section is fabulously detailed with an abundant number of photographs, drawings, grids and workshop photos. This beautifully packaged book is real keeper. And even though it's expensive, I may just buy another (or two) as a holiday gift for my designer friends.
I love this book. I bought it from amazon several years ago but forgot to review it. I read the recent negative review and didn't experience any of the problems listed in that review. It is a very heavy book that actually is split in two books that comes in a sleeve.
the book has to be read flat & is almost impossible to read due to its weight and binding . the pictures whereas numerous are uneven - important ones are small unimportant ones large many covering 1 & 2 pages for no reason. Neuhart is determined to re-write history or as she says on EVERY page correct history and inform everyone how Ray Eames contributed nothing and in fact was an obstacle to the office , projects & people. Charles was a self promoter , treated employees poorly & gave no credit to all the people who actually did all the work. The book is very problematic on numerous accounts and not convincing . There is a far more articulate review by Alexandra Lange that covers these issues.