The Story of Eames Furniture: 1-2 Hardcover – Illustrated, 30 Sep 2010
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We ought to be grateful that instead of the hagiography we might expect of such a sumptuous book, it presents the warts-and-all view from inside the studio... By giving the Eames Office rank and file their curtain call, it usefully explodes idea of the designer as a solitary genius, which has always been a myth. --Justin McGuirk, The Guardian
This is my favorite design book of 2010. Yes, it's huge!...The quality and quantity of records is extraordinary. --Bill Moggridge, Director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York
This book has been put together with almost the same attention to detail as a piece of Eames furniture! --Jasper Morrison
About the Author
The Story of Eames Furniture was written and designed by Marilyn Neuhart together with her husband John. Both worked with the Eames Office in various capacities from the 1950s until 1978, the year of Charles Eames s death. Having been in close proximity to Charles and Ray Eames as well as the members of the Eames Office and their patron manufacturers for almost 30 years, Marilyn and John Neuhart had the extraordinary opportunity to absorb their stories. This book is a firsthand account of the Eames Office from within that meticulously portrays the history and development of Eames furniture based on the recollections of the Neuharts and those who worked closely with Charles Eames. More familiar with the material and protagonists than almost any other, Marilyn Neuhart has spent the last 15 years compiling the texts and images featured in this book.
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As a research tool it is invaluable, as an architect or designer you will learn how the Eames office actually worked, and that the myth of Ray and Charles is not what many historians would have you believe as the God and Goddess of modern design.
It seems Saarinen, Bertoia, Ain and Albinson designed, refined and were given little if no credit for the entire line of funiture of the Eames, whereas Charles Eames had his focus on women, photography (lots of close-ups), and basically taking credit for all the work done at the 901 Washington Blvd., Venice building.
I cannot put the book down, perhaps the best design book I have bought in many years.
A beautiful work and many thanks to the authors, designers Mr. & Mrs. Neuhart for setting the record straight!
It's a delight to read the profiles of the other, lesser-known designers - many of whom appeared to be the real stars behind some of the most famous chairs. Each section is fabulously detailed with an abundant number of photographs, drawings, grids and workshop photos. This beautifully packaged book is real keeper. And even though it's expensive, I may just buy another (or two) as a holiday gift for my designer friends.
the pictures whereas numerous are uneven - important ones are small unimportant ones large
many covering 1 & 2 pages for no reason.
Neuhart is determined to re-write history or as she says on EVERY page correct history
and inform everyone how Ray Eames contributed nothing and in fact was an obstacle
to the office , projects & people.
Charles was a self promoter , treated employees poorly & gave no credit to all the people who actually did
all the work.
The book is very problematic on numerous accounts and not convincing .
There is a far more articulate review by Alexandra Lange that covers these issues.