CHARLES & RAY EAMES: Pioneers of Mid-Century ModernismGLORIA KOENIG & PETER GÖSSEL Book Number: 86809 Product format: Hardback
The creative duo Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Kaiser Eames (1912-1988) were one of the most transformative forces in design history and nothing says modernist perfection like the Eames chair and matching leather footstool. Though furniture, photography, architecture, textile design, industrial design, and film, the husband and wife defined a new, multifunctional modernity. The Eames' work was exemplary for its integration of craft and design, as well as for the use of modern materials, notably plywood and plastics. The Eames Lounge Chair Wood, designed with moulded plywood technology, became a defining furniture piece of the 20th century. The couple's contribution to the Case Study Houses project not only made inventive use of industrial materials but also developed an adaptable floor plan of multipurpose spaces which would become a hallmark of post-war modern architecture. It is full of light, a charming spiral staircase and even a ladder hooked across beams to rearrange objects or plants. From the couple's earliest furniture experiments to their seminal short film Powers of Ten, Day of the Dead and Banana Leaf, this book covers all the aspects of the illustrious Eames repertoire - MoMA competition for low-cost furniture, storage units in Mondrian colours, wire mesh chairs, ottoman, tandem sling seating and houses of Max de Pree and Kwikset. Prototypes and production models included, colour and mono photos and line art designs throughout this fine Taschen publication. 21 x 26cm, 96 pages.
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