Sometimes the most unexpected things turn up on Twitter and this video below came into my sight-line from @suButcher via @ashwan149thst one morning. Eames, Eames, Eames….a story of early sustainability and using what you had as told by rap artist Ice Cube.
The Eames were American designers who made huge contribution to modern architecture, design and furniture. Who has not seen this iconic Lounge and Ottoman ? Released in 1956 for the Herman Miller furniture company it was meant to have ” the warm, receptive look of a well used first baseman’s mitt” (baseball) – and it does! Perhaps I can mostly associated with it because I used to play baseball in High School and my mitt was warm and moulded just right to my hand.
The Eames were the power couple of modernity – mixing craft and design for social good.
Moulded plywood, fibreglass and resin were some of the early materials they re-thought in their designs and applied from the commercial industry to everyday life in the most imaginative and long lasting ways.
A great little clip for you all to enjoy below as narrated by Ice Cube.
via the OffHipHop website which is another discovery all together!
Another little treasure from Eames is the DSR chair – in this case in the new colour of lime. Designed in 1948 and at first made from fibreglass, it is now re-issued in polypropylene. It has a chrome base and it’s structure has been given the nickname the Eiffel chair.