American architects/designers Ray and Charles Eames and their legacy has lived in the public eye for so long, that many people tend to believe that they know everything about the couple’s professional and personal partnership. A new book ‘An Eames Anthology’ by Daniel Ostroff (published by Yale University Press) unveils so much missing information, and I cannot put it down since acquiring it last week. An authority on the Eamses, Ostroff has recently curated the show The JF Chen Collection, and has focused in depth on the work of the duo, with two previous publications. In this Anthology, he has gathered all of the writings of the two, including magazine clips, anything published in the press, documents and illustrations, scripts, interviews, and much previously unpublished materials, as well as correspondence with editors of magazines, and such collaborators as Eero Saarinen and Richard Neutra, a mandatory addition to any library. On Case Study House #9 (features in the images here), which he designed with Saarinen, Charles Eames remarks, “This house is a statement of an attitude… we are very proud of it, and feel that within its reasons for being it is immensely successful.” Bravo!
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