Eames Chairs Re-Imagined in Bronze and Aluminum

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This Saturday (today for members!) marks the opening of LACMA’s exhibit California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way,” which will painstakingly re-create Charles and Ray Eames’ living room. As the centerpiece of the exhibit, the contents of the Eames’ living room – all 1,864 objects – have been moved to the museum for the full-scale replica. While the exhibit is sure to be a huge hit, it’s worth noting that the Eames’ designs continue to inspire a generation of designers.

Case in point – the Ethno-Eames chair by Italian designer Paolo Giordano. The limited edition chairs, a tribute to the iconic mid-century modern LCW chair, have been (re)cast in bronze and aluminum. The chairs have identical silhouettes to their famous progenitor but are manufactured in unexpected materials.

According to Giordano, the chairs are a mashup of ethnic Indian decorative motifs and mid-century modern design – a mashup that initially seems at odds with each other. In the product description, Giordano says ” It is the layering of ornamentation on pieces that originated precisely in the refusal of decoration; the uniting of thought and ideas that were historical opposites.”

Yet in an era where classics are remade in new ways, the idea of taking two seemingly contradictory idea and fusing them together seems entirely appropriate. And when the results look this good, who are we to complain?

The chairs, not surprisingly, do not come cheap. The cast bronze chair is a hefty £18,108, while the aluminum one is available for £9,773.00. They are made in Italy for I-and-I.

 

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