This Sunday, October 10th, 2010, marks the anniversary of Charles and Ray Eames short documentary film, “Powers of Ten.” The 1977 film has been shown millions of times due to its capacity to expand the way we think and view our world. We’ll be visiting the exhibition at the Eames Office this weekend in honor of celebrating the history of the Eames and their contributions.
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“Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are the preludes to serious ideas.” – Charles Eames
We saw this beautifully crafted set of Eames House Alphabet blocks at the Eames Office during the House Industries exhibition where they introduced their new typeface: Eames Century Modern. The Michigan-grown basswood blocks with screen printed letters, numbers, and symbols from the Eames typeface can also be arranged into a model of Charles and Ray Eames’s iconic home, Case Study House No. 8.
Having visited the Eames House and seen their archived work at Herman Miller, we deeply appreciate the Eames legacy and their philosophy of affordable, yet high quality furniture for the everyday person. The blocks introduce children to great design at a young age, but are also a collector’s item for Eames design enthusiasts who aren’t able to visit the house or own a piece of Eames furniture.
The blocks are available May 1st.
We visited the Eames House today, the former home of Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames were two of the most recognized designers that collaborated with Herman Miller since the late 1940s.
Originally the house plan was designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, and was called the Bridge House. The house was meant to float over the meadow on the hillside supported by two metal columns, however due to WWII and the shortage of materials, the steel took three years to arrive. While waiting for the materials, the Eames had picnics on the meadow and later realized its charm, thus changing the design of the house to run parallel to the meadow instead of over it.
As designers it’s intriguing to see how external circumstances created an opportunity for a new design idea to evolve. Had the materials arrived on time, the meadow where they spent the rest of their lives enjoying wouldn’t have existed.