Getting Inspired // The Timeless Designs of Charles + Ray Eames
The designs of Charles & Ray Eames have captured my attention since childhood. As a kid, my parents were stereotypically 90's young professionals; hard workers, no nonsense takers, tweed suit and shoulder pad wearers (yes, both of them), and of course, frequent flyers. This meant that my brother and I spent a lot of time at my grandparent's house, where the VHS selection was comprised almost entirely of 1950's and 60's movie musicals starring cool cats like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Cyd Charrise, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Conner...
...and quite frequently, the Eames chair.
I grew so accustomed to seeing this strange but practical design that it was almost invisible to me. You know, like when you see someone every day, you kind of forget to acknowledge their existence with a friendly "How'dya do?" These chairs were not just in films, but in airports, in the school cafeteria, and in doctors office waiting rooms sporting the same decor they had been since the now-ancient resident physician finished up his medical residency.
It wasn't until my adulthood, after stumbling upon the Eames documentary on Netflix, that I opened up my eyes and really looked at these designs. They're not only wonderfully imaginative and beautiful, but practical, functional, streamlined, and comfortable. The same can be said about all their work, really.
If you're looking for inspiration as a graphic designer, architect, furniture designer, painter, branding and advertising creative, filmmaker, or general human being with a desire to discover something truly great, go watch "Eames: The Architect and the Painter" right now.