Inspiration: Charles and Ray Eames

A partnership forged by modernism, Charles Eames and Ray Kaiser met as architecture and design students — under Eliel Saarinen — at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. They would later move to Los Angeles and create some of the most iconic examples of 20th century furniture, architecture, and industrial design (all while mentoring future icons like Harry Bertoia along the way). There was a purity of purpose behind their lines that not only influenced designers such as myself, but was influenced by Mondrian modernists and Warholian pop artists alike. In fact, their connection with the latter is being teased out over in London at the Barbican’s Pop Art Design exhibition, opening tomorrow through February 9, 2014. I can’t wait to see 200 works by some 70 mid-century mavericks like Ettore Sottsass, Claes Oldenburg, and the Eameses all under the same roof.

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