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Bernadette Deloose, June 22, 2015
Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen Chair, 1940_USA
Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen Chair, 1940_USA
 
Today, these times are held in a more objective light. When Rachel Carsons wrote her nature manifest “Silent Spring”, most of the new technologies and materials were shrouded with an aura of progress and optimism. A blooming industry presented the middle class with seemingly endless possibilities for climbing the social ladder; and the less fortunate with the hope that one day, they too might participate in this dream. But all was not as ideal as it seemed, and books like “The Hidden Persuaders” by Vance Packard and “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” denounced America’s unbridled consumerism. And even though the movements for civil rights and sexual liberation which were on the rise at the time yielded more equality of right in American society, these were also the years of growing social contrast and the protest of the 1960s. “So many of our dreams have come true, and now they are frightening us”, Charles Eames said in 1971. “We wanted better technology, and now pesticides have poisoned our earth. We wanted cars and television sets and household appliances, and we all thought we were the only ones who did. Our dreams have come true, and Lake Michigan is paying the price for it. However, this does not mean it was wrong to dream. It simply means that we did not want the right things, and we need to make amends for it.”

Charles & Ray Eames, Patent Drawing for plywood Chair, 1942_USA
Charles & Ray Eames, Patent Drawing for plywood Chair, 1942_USA
 
Both of the Eames have always sincerely believed that design was able to “rectify” such things, and provide man with a better life. They have always sought to achieve this enlightened ideal with elegance, spirit and beauty.

Charles & Ray Eames, Postcard promotion_USA
Charles & Ray Eames, Postcard promotion_USA
 
Tribute to Charles Eames

Trough September 30, 2007

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