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Eames + Valastro: Design in the Life of an American Family Hardcover – Illustrated, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: The O Team; 1St Edition edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615540910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615540917
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,059,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nicholas Barber on December 9, 2015
As a furniture dealer one of my favorite parts of the job is talking with the original owners of very old pieces of furniture. I love furniture that is lived in and hearing the stories about how people used it, why they bought it, where they took it with them. This book is nothing short of GOLD. Daniel Ostroff asks thoughtful questions of two sons, whose parents bought myriad early Eames designs, and their conversation is fascinating. While not the largest of my Eames books this one speaks directly to me and will always be prominently displayed on my bookshelf!
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Daniel Ostroff has been diligently researching and documenting, in great detail, the rich design contributions of Charles and Ray Eames.
His new book is an essential look at one specific family and the intimate effect of the Eames furniture on their living environment over many years. It is particularly valuable in that it gives the reader an idea of how the Eames' furniture was originally intended, not as products for the Modernist elite but as affordable, functional objects that contribute to a higher quality of life. A brief but most comprehensive and valuable read which adds greatly to the emerging and important Eames lore. We owe a debt of gratitude to Daniel Ostroff for this new contribution to the history of design in America.

R, Roger Remington
Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
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Ostroff and his team have created a book as unpretentiously elegant and utilitarian as an Eames design. The Valastros' childhood recollection of their parents' involvement with the Eames aesthetic in a representative American family of the Fifties and Sixties ('representative' in the Emersonian sense) lets us see Eames furnishings in their natural environment, a household rather than a museum/exhibition or art house auction setting where most of us have discovered them. The book's every feature displays a deep respect that's as intent on avoiding the fetishization of the Eameses work as it is in celebrating it. Nice work, all.
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It takes a producer-curator-historian hybrid to produce a design manifesto that reads like a radio play. I love this book, I recommend this book.
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