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Everything I can do she can do better – Charles Eames

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If you haven’t watched The Architect and the Painter I recommend it.  For all the couple partner teams out there Ray and Charles Eames are our biggest inspiration.  I was most excited to learn more about Ray Eames.  Charles Eames deferred to her completely about color. Her inclination to view everything as a painting and her natural ability to see form in relation to other form were aspects that really drove the couple’s design practice. One of her paintings below:After looking at her work it is not surprising to learn that the German expressionist painter Hans Hoffman was her mentor and teacher. Ray and Charle’s house is now on display at LACMA and if you are in LA- go! It’s amazing. You can see that their house was another playground for Ray. You can also see Hans Hoffman paintings hanging from the ceiling next to a tumbleweed in their house.As stated by their colleagues Ray Eames staging of objects in photo shoots simply brought everything together. The below example of the famous Eames bird in the middle of the black wire chairs brings a warmth and a relatability that becomes essential to our response to them. Just imagine the chairs without the bird. It would seem cold and detached. You can see our small tribute to the Eames bird  painted on our Collector’s Desk stationery.The Eames also inspired Ice Cube. Check out him Celebrating them here:

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I just did a post on this doc too! I LOVE Ray and Charles creative relationship. I need to get myself to the LACMA (I have no excuse seeing I live in LA). Great blog. Cannot wait to read more.

May 29, 2012 | Rebecca @ Bee of Design

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