Eames Lounge Chair

Charles & Ray Eames, 1956

I noticed while reading Fast Company that Vitra — one of two companies officially licensed to produce the Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman, recently introduced a video about the manufacturing process of the beloved pair. Beautifully presented, it provides a behind the scenes glimpse into just how these iconic furniture pieces are created. So much is still made by hand. I absolutely love the opportunity to experience this process; meticulously detailed and precise, yet the element of handcraft has been retained. The Lounge Chair is one of the most famous designs by Charles and Ray Eames. Created in 1956 it is now a classic in the history of modern furniture.

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You’ve Got My Number

This spring Heath Ceramics is introducing a drop-dead-gorgeous new line of house numbers. These 3-dimensional clay tiles celebrate the legendary Neutra and Eames number fonts. Of course they would be fitting on a midcentury modern house, in fact I'd love them on mine, but I can also imagine them gracing the interior of a home as each tile is a spectacular work of art.
Founded by Edith Heath in the mid-fourties, Heath ceramics is one of the few remaining mid-century american potteries still in existence today. They have been making tableware and tile for over a half-century in their Sausalito California studio. Their time honored process is one of quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. I believe every bit of the artful design and preparation of their work is reflected in the collectible pieces they produce. A glimpse into the tile making process for these newly introduced house numbers, gives us insight into their custom color development, and handcraft. All of Heath ceramics’ clay is made on-site. It’s extruded and cut into pieces in preparation for forming. The clay is pressed and then cut into specific sizes for an order. Edges of the tiles are hand finished and glazes are made on-site and applied by hand. A recognizable brand, I love the fact that the original box designed 40 years ago, is still used today. Timeless.
All images and excerpts,  Heath Ceramics.

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Vintage Eames…

Have you ever wondered, standing in front of a fabulous piece of vintage furniture, whether you are purchasing a genuine or replica design? Be it a chair, table, lamp, or even a clock? This pair of vintage chairs really piqued my curiosity when I spotted them sitting outside an antique store. No doubt my first thought was, “Yes! I found a pair of vintage Eames fiberglass shell chairs!” When I flipped them over to see if they bore any markings on the bottom – there were none – my heart quickly sank. The base/frame was a bit questionable as well, so that didn't help with the situation neither. Still, I wasn't entirely convinced. What if these are in fact the originals and they are just so worn out that the markings were gone? So I conducted my own investigation, well, more like research really. What I came across was more than just "evidence" that the pair of chairs I saw were indeed not originals (boo!), but rather a whole lot of vintage Eames product literatures, postcards, color swatches, order forms… There is something very nostalgic and magical about these printed materials. Or maybe it’s just really refreshing to see them on such a simple and basic level. There are no bells and whistles, just good, honest designs. Got to appreciate that…

Just for fun, found this 1963 vintage Herman Miller poster/ad. If I wasn't convinced before, I am now. Not only were the pair of chairs I saw indeed fakes, and I bet they were circa 1963 too!


{ images: top, camera phone image by Peggy Wong / 2 – 6 / 7 }

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