"Modern design was born from a marriage of Art and Industry. The Eames office was born from the marriage of Ray Kaiser, a painter who rarely painted, and Charles Eames, an architecture school drop-out who never got his license."
-James Franco, narrator, EAMES the architect and the painter
As a student of architecture, I studied the Eames House, also known as Case Study House #8; because of my fondness for most things vintage, I became quite familiar with the Eames chairs. What I did not know was the story behind the chairs or it's creators.
Under the motto “the best, for the most, from the least” Charles and Ray had created the icon of the modern postwar chair. Beautiful yet comfortable to use, adopting functional materials molded in two directions, Eames’ chairs would be able to negate the need for expensive upholstery. Today over 50 Charles and Ray Eames designs have remained in production.
What I find both sad & ironic is that to purchase one of these "best, for the most, for the least" chairs (still being produced), you will not get it for the least and it certainly won't be purchased by the most. The chairs start at $249 a piece & go as high as $5729 for a single chair.
While the Eames' vision for the chair has not sustained, their vision for creating “the best, for the most, from the least” can.
To shift the way we think & live in today's world, we need many more marriages of art & industry.