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Eames Design Hardcover – October 1, 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
Charles and Ray Eames, the husband-and-wife design team who pioneered economical, mass-produced, curvilinear furniture, created such familiar objects as their eponymous lounge chair, often called a modern interpretation of a 19th-century English club chair. This heavily illustrated company history, a compilation of its major projects, begins with the duo's molded-plywood experiments of the 1940s which spawned aircraft parts, children's toys and folding screens. The book proceeds through the '70s with functional furniture for homes and offices as well as exhibition layouts, audio components, houses designed with Eero Saarinen, graphics and slide shows. Also spotlighted are the Eameses' movies, documentaries ranging from illustrations of communication principles to cultural explorations of Mexico and India. The Neuharts are former colleagues of the Eameses.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
The Eames chair is considered a classic of modern design, but until now no single volume has fully presented the work of this husband-and-wife team. From 1941 to 1978, Charles and Ray Eames and their office of top designers helped revolutionize American style. Their furniture for home and office was meant to be honest and beautiful but readily available through mass production. Every one of the over 200 projects of the Eames office, including the lesser-known film and exhibition projects, is documented here, using drawings, plans, models, photos, and graphics. Consequently, this is the definitive catalog of the Eameses' work, presented as a year-by-year chronology without critical assessment. It will be the essential starting point for all future study of the important Eames contribution.
- Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Inc., Amherst, Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
If I have a criticism it is that the book does not have an index and that makes refering to it rather frustrating.
I think the book easily reflects the joy and stimulation that Charles and Ray Eames got out of the creative process.
2005 REVIEW NOTE Many of the pages in the book are devoted to the short films Charles and Ray created, you can get thirty-five of these on a wonderful six DVD box set 'The Films of Charles & Ray Eames' (ASIN B0009S2K92) they are available individually but cost a lot more than the box set.
The book covers the entire span from 1940 to the 1970's.
And everything is included, from their early plywood chairs, art and films. The stills that the book includes from their films are truly wonderful. This is a wonderful coffee table book, a joy to browse through. If you like modern design I also suggest to visit the wonderful online archive about George Nelson at WWW.GEORGENELSON.ORG and also the museum archive from Verner Panton at WWW.VERNERPANTON.COM