800 pages, two volumes. We expected impressive images of the numerous groundbreaking Eames designs. But to our surprise this comprehensive two volume book is more of a people’s tale, rather than a design show off. The book is all about the people who were able to apply plywood in mass-production, the people who created the Lounge Chair with Ottoman, the people behind the Soft Pad Lounge Chair. To all these people and their relatives this must feel like a family album, making the Story of Eames Furniture a very sweet tale. And you know what’s cool? Within all those 1940s, 1950s and 1960s photos it is amazing to see how some of the furniture stands out - chrispy and fresh, as if it was designed in 2009. I suppose that’s what good design is all about.
Not so sweet: the cover photo is a crop from the last formal portrait that was taken from Charles and Ray Eames in 1976. Even though Ray and Charles have been equally important for the entire story, the book designers decided we can very well do without her.
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