by Lynn Byrne
By Lynn Byrne. Here is a new one for your library: The Story of Eames Furniture by Marilyn and John Neuhart. It is pitched as the benchmark guide for all things relating to the furniture created by Charles and Ray Eames. The authors worked in the Eames Office for over 30 years so they had a first hand view. They spent 15 years compiling the 2 volume,800 page book and its over 2,500 images. It is handsome looking as this picture shows.
Photo via Curated
The story should be a juicy one. Charles and Ray Eames were at the Cranbrook Academy with (among others) Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll and Harry Bertoia. A hot bed of design for sure. And they were said to have partied hardy. This pic sure suggests that Charles and Ray knew how to have a good time.
Photo via Inmod Modern Furniture blog
Then there are those persistent rumors that it was really Harry Bertoia, not the Eames, who perfected the metal spine/leg structure of the Eames Plywood Dining and Lounge Chairs. Bertoia is said to have split from the Eames because he felt his work wasn’t getting due credit.
Photo via Advanced Interior Designs
I don’t know if the book gets into the dirt, but Amazon claims that it “documents in unparalleled detail” the design and manufacturing process of the Eames Office and “the significant roles played by specific designers and manufacturers.”
The book, at Amazon’s discounted price of $125, is not cheap. Still it sounds like a must have for all those serious about the decorative arts and midcentury design. In an effort towards addiction reform, I am going to try to hold off until Christmas, when I will put it on my list.
And I decided that it wouldn’t be responsible of me to bring a book to your attention (and here I am speaking to my fellow DBAs), and not pair each book with an inspirational photo of how to corral your library.
This pic has nothing at all to do with midcentury design, but I don’t care. The books look just so lovely in that cabinet.
To read more about my design book addiction and another recent (great) publication, click here.