Take a seat…

May 1, 2012

I’ve been slowly working my way through The Eames documentary that’s streaming on Netflix right now and so far, it’s fantastic.  I’ve always loved Eames furniture and I’m ashamed to say that I had no idea the influence the duo had on American design that goes far beyond furniture.  Most of us are familiar with their iconic chairs but their portfolio is bursting at the seams with a long list of fine examples of modern architecture, short films, exhibitions and the list goes on.  I found their creative process fascinating and respect their simplistic approach to design.  I’ll get into the Eames’ a little more in a few days but for now, let’s talk about chairs.  I’ve mentioned it once or twice before that I happen to love chairs and have a collection of about 20 neatly tucked away in storage.  I don’t usually hesitate if I see a chair for $3.50 at the thrift store especially if it makes a statement like one of these.

Evans Molded Plywood

Styling by Helen Wiggers Photo by Line Klein

Alvhem via Desire to Inspire


Styling by Helen Wiggers Photo by Line Klein

More Design Please

Micky Hoyle via My Paradissi

Sasa Antic via My Paradissi

Styling by Helen Wiggers Photo by Line Klein

Joe Schmelzer via Desire to Inspire

Now, I just have to clarify that I have not come across an Eames chair at a thrift store just yet but you will be the first to know.  Enjoy your day!





1 Tamara {Delish Mag} { 05.01.12 at 1:13 pm }

I was going to shriek with jealousy and admiration if you’d have been able to find an Eames chair at a thrift shop! I myself did a double and then triple take when I saw an Eames lounge chair outside a thrift shop. I was in traffic and couldn’t stop so I pulled over when it was safe to do, googled them and called from the car. Sadly, it was a knock-off. And call me a snob but I can’t bring myself to buy a knock-off Eames chair!! I could not do it because of the wonderful couple and the impact they had on design and architecture…it would cheapen all of their hard work. I wouldn’t want someone to do it to me! That’s just me. Knock-offs make design more accessible to people who can’t afford it, but…it’s just not for me. I am sure lots of people disagree with me, and that’s ok. Let the debate begin!!

(I will say that we have four Eames Eiffel base dining chairs and they have lasted for years and look brand new even now.)

2 Birch + Bird { 05.01.12 at 1:24 pm }

Well, Rachel and I actually do have 3 amazing green Eames Herman Miller (stamped!) Naugahyde moulded chairs in our possession which a friend of ours bought for 25 cents each from a junk man in Rosedale, yes, twenty-five cents! Sadly, they used them as deck chairs (noooo!) and left them out in all weathers so the naugahyde upholstery is damaged beyond repair. We had high hopes to strip them down to the fibreglass and salvage what’s left but it looks to be a huge job, boo hoo! Lucky you on your eiffel base chairs, love love love! ~Lily

3 janis - pinecone camp { 05.01.12 at 2:12 pm }

I think I’d like to see your collection of chairs. Stat! I’ve been a life long fan of the dynamic Eames duo as well. Have you seen “Power of 10″ by Charles and Ray Eames? Check it out. Love it. Now I’ve got some catching up to do with you guys….
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4 meesh@idreamofchairs { 05.02.12 at 8:21 am }

Going to check out the Eames documentary tonight. Thanks for the head up! Of course, I loved this post. ;)
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5 Birch + Bird { 05.02.12 at 6:51 pm }

I couldn’t help but think of you! :)

6 Birch + Bird { 05.02.12 at 6:55 pm }

I’d love to see my chairs too! I miss them. ;) I had seen the Power of 10 ages ago but never realized what it was until it was brought up in the documentary. They show bits and pieces of their other films and it just left me wanting more. I’d die to visit their home!

7 Birch + Bird { 05.02.12 at 6:57 pm }

Yes, it’s true. But their state of disrepair makes me sad.

8 Birch + Bird { 05.02.12 at 7:03 pm }

I could go either way in the knock off debate. Of course, I’d prefer the real deal but I’d be quite fine with a “stand in” until the miracle happens and I find one myself.

9 meesh@idreamofchairs { 05.06.12 at 8:46 pm }

I’ve been searching high and low for this documentary on Netflix and can’t find it. :( I wonder if it’s only on the US Netflix?
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10 Birch + Bird { 05.06.12 at 8:48 pm }

Oh no! I think you are right! I wonder if you can find it elsewhere? I think PBS had it streaming for awhile. Sorry to get your hopes up.

11 meesh@idreamofchairs { 05.06.12 at 8:55 pm }

No prob. I’m gonna search it out on DVD. :)
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