Color Block

A startling display of color. This Spanish building demands the attention of the passerby as it jumps out from its neutral surroundings. Although the use of Color Blocking is visible in modern day architecture,  the use of bold blocks of color is not new. Take the groundbreaking example of the work of Charles and Ray Eames below. The Eames House, also known as Case Study House No. 8, is a landmark of mid-20th century modern architecture. It was constructed in 1949 by husband-and-wife design pioneers Charles and Ray Eames to serve as their home and studio.

Similarly, these two examples express their modularity and create a dynamic visual punch. Of late, it’s a colorful modern expression being seen all the world around.


Images 1 and 2, sourced at Trendland
Image 3 sourced at

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The Eames Elephant

Much of the Eames’ design work was built as one-of-a-kind creations for their friends and family. ‘Designed by  in 1945, the  never made it into mass production. The two original prototypes were made out of molded plywood and exhibited at MoMA, but were never seen by the public again until 2007, when a limited, 1,000-piece run in red and natural maple was produced to celebrate Charles’ 100th birthday. Now, 67 years after it was first conceived in the Eames office, Charles’ grandson  has teamed up with Vitra to bring the Eames Elephant to the public en masse and for good. The elephant is available in five different colors and instead of plywood it’s made from thick plastic, a more durable choice for children at play.’

The Eames elephant is a perfect scale for the investigative play of a young child. It is a recognizable icon, and a design classic for the Modern Home. The material choice makes it equally suitable for use in the yard, or in the living room.


Images and excerpts found at Design Applause



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The Powers of Ten with FOOD

Watch The Power of Ten remade using food by Encyclopedia Pictura.

The Charles and Ray Eames film, The Power of Ten is a classic. One of the many important works by  Charles and Ray Eames. Simple in concept, but brilliantly presented and thought provoking. It portrays the critical link between science and design, beautifully. Now, here’s the fun part.  What would you think of  The Power of Ten remade using food ? Sound nutty?  Well, it definitely has a daily serving of fruits and vegetables. ‘Micro-Macro, is an animated short film that visualizes the nested scales of the physical universe using stop-motion-animated food.’ Yes, Food.  Created by Encyclopedia Pictura, they take us on journey of the concepts presented by the Eames’ such as ‘string theory, interpreted with Spaghetti, atoms as brussels sprouts and the multiverse as a many-layered red onion.’ These creative visual displays are paired with unexpected sound effects.

John Pavlus of Fast company sums it up well.  ”What makes Micro-Macro so great as a piece of pop-science communication is its willingness to go outside the obvious in its design. The “food as everything” metaphor could get predictable fast, but pairing each visualization with a soundtrack of bizarre-but-somehow-appropriate sound effects (like dolphin squeaks for quarks, which is a stroke of genius) keeps things lively. Another highlight: illustrating “organs” (the scale between “cells” and “bodies”) with two undulating swiss chard, which look exactly like wheezing lungs. It’s beautiful, clever, anatomically correct, and kind of gross at the same time. In a word: engaging–which is the highest praise a science video can aim for. The Eameses would approve.”

If you would like to revisit or learn of the original film, please watch the Charles and Ray Eames film, The Power of Ten here.

Image and excerpts found at  Fast Co Design

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Eames House Restoration

One of the most influential Modernist residences, the home of Charles and Ray Eames is undergoing a complete restoration. The Eames Foundation is focusing on maintaining the 60+ year old structure as part of its 250-year preservation plan. The Eames House’s entire collection of 1,800 living room objects is now on display as part of LACMA’s exhibition on California mid-century design, Living In A Modern Way, a clear indication of the home’s prominence. The temporary removal of those artifacts allowed the Eames Foundation to begin its long-planned renovation along with the restoration of the home’s great icons. The foundation has raised about $250,000 for the project, which they estimate will cost roughly $1 million and take about two and a half years. Additional money is being raised through a series of fundraisers at the house. They hope to complete much of the job while the living room objects are still at LACMA.  The Eames family is involved to ensure every detail is correct. Original structure and finishes are being preserved, as they feel it is important that the structure show its age.

To visit the Eames House during construction is a unique opportunity to view the structure of this historic home while it is exposed. Appointments are required during this time, to gain access to the house and grounds.

Photos and excerpts courtesy of the Eames Foundation and the Architects Newspaper.

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