Stuff I've been diggin' on, May 10th

So, here it is! After much craziness (when is it ever NOT crazy?) this past week, I'm sticking to my vow and writing a weekly post. This past month has been an exciting one for us, in both our work and home life. "What the heck is so exciting?", you ask? Well, that would be my first step into life as an adult...we actually got new living room furniture! Now, I know how L-A-M-E that sounds, but after years and years of living with particle board furniture that has survived many moves (I believe it's been 6 moves!), this was BIG to us!

I'm a huge, huge fan of Mid Century furniture and design, I can't get enough of it. From vintage to repro, I love it all. The clean lines and shapes, use of space and combination of materials used on these pieces makes me way too giddy. While most of the vintage pieces we love were either hard to come by, way out of our price range or on their last legs, we kept looking and looking. Until there it was all along...HERMAN MILLER still manufactures authentic, original Charles and Ray Eames designs (as well as designs by George Nelson, swooon!). That was it, sold, done and DONE!

(above) Vintage Herman Miller Ad
(left) Charles and Ray Eames

If you aren't familiar with Eames designs, you should be! Charles and Ray Eames were prolific designers of mid century modern buildings and furniture. Their whole philosophy and aesthetic behind the pieces they made makes you weak at the knees and in LOVE with their work (They were also a couple working side by side all the time, you wonder if that love carried on into their work!) They created and contributed major, MAJOR iconic pieces of livable art to the world. Chances are you've seen the classic Eames lounge chair and ottoman before, its unmistakable (although there are always those lousy copy cats here and there). That lounge chair makes my heart race...

(From left to right) George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom, each with their iconic designs.

No comments: