The book is collection of letters, notes, speeches, articles from and about Charles and Ray Eames.
The were contemporaries of Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and other modernist designers and architects. Unlike some of them, the Eames were not interested in creating a new style or being part of a movement. They were interested in solving problems and making things better.
Completing this book was unexpectedly bittersweet. It felt as though I had lived alongside these two wonderful people, immersed in their ideas.
Undoubtedly, it's a good book about the Eames family and their work. But more than that — it's a wonderful book about philosophy of design.
Many times they were able to capture the essence of what I believe in but don't have words for. Below are some of the pieces I liked the most.
I liked this short piece because I've been thinking the same for long. You can't just close your laptop and stop being a designer. The designer's approach to problem solving permeates his life. I don't know how it can be otherwise.
This one is interesting because Herman Miller and Vitra (who are official distrubutor of Eames furniture in the US and Europe) price and sell their furniture as luxury items. One can even argue that replicas are closer to the original than what Herman Miller sells now.