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The Eames Influence

“Eventually, everything connects.”

— Charles Eames

I love that quote, because it is inherently true. A perfect example is the way the history of music is so connected. The start of Rock n’ Roll was born from a cross-breeding between Rhythm & Blues and Country & Western music. They sprang up from Gospel music, Swing Jazz, Jump Blues combos, Country and Swing bands. Mariachi music was influenced by Polka music from Europe. Thus, it’s a combo of European and Spanish folk music. Crazy, huh? From Jazz to Funk to Soul to Electronic House, it all connects. Like all good art, it is a reflection of what came before it.  It is a nod to those influences from the past that are so intertwined with what is happening in the present.

The Eames breadth of work stretches from film making to furniture design, and even toy design. Which goes to show you a good designer can make anything aesthetically pleasing.

Charles and Ray Eames’s careers in the 1950’s mirrored America’s postwar shift from an industrial economy of goods to modern a economy of information. In time with this, rather than just furnishings and buildings, the Eames focused thier work on communication systems such as exhibitions, publications, and films.

The Eames’s efforts were broad and their clientèle included everyone from governments at home and abroad to local industry to their friends and colleagues. Their work cleverly used imagery of daily routines, native landscapes, and ordinary objects to promote pop culture with a universal, yet defining American voice.

To learn more about the Eames, their bios can be found at the Eames Office site: Ray and Charles Eames


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