In 1965, Charles Eames said, “Among the great and elegant design exceptions is a toy produced this year that has swept the country. What is it? A small bouncing ball—the Super Ball.” Chemical engineer Norm Stingley created the Super Ball from a material called Zectron, a synthetic rubber polymer polybutadiene that includes hydrated silica, zinc [...]
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China may abide by a “one-child” policy, but that hasn’t slowed down the rest of the world. According to a recent New York Times article, UN demographers announced that, as of November 1, there are 7 billion of us walking the globe (10+09). Overpopulation is in full force. It’s a vast world, but we’re bumping [...]
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Lucia Eames fondly remembers the wonder and delight in the brilliant Gus Arriola’s Gordo which was a favorite comic strip in the local St. Louis newspaper that she read daily with her father, Charles Eames. The comic strip was later included in Charles & Ray Eames’ film, The Fabulous Fifties. In 1970, Arriola explored scale [...]
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Photo of LAR (Low Armchair Rod) from the archives “Furniture, and especially chairs, interest me because it is a piece of architecture on the human scale… That’s why architects design furniture – so you can design a piece of architecture you can hold in your hand.“ ~ Charles Eames Quote #50 from 100 Quotes by [...]
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“Beyond the age of information is the age of choice.” ~ Charles Eames Quote #12 from 100 Quotes by Charles Eames Today the number of choices continues to rise by orders of magnitude (by powers of 10)! When you select one choice (100) out of a dozen (10+1), you have probably explored all the options [...]
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A view from above of the picnic set-up from the 1977 production of Powers of Ten. The site of the picnic, a golf course in Florida in the 1968 film, has been moved to a park on Lake Michigan in Chicago. The journey out into the cosmos follows a perpendicular line from the hand of [...]
I am experimenting with the mobile posting capability of my iPhone. About to start my first Powers of Ten event of the month at Dezart Performs in Palm Springs, California. They put together a special Eames exhibit too. So it is a real treat to talk about the Powers of Ten ideas in the mid-century [...]
Eames Office staff members Parke Meek and Dick Donges in action measuring the 10 meter square frame for the 10+01 shot for Rough Sketch, 1968.
This image shows the framing device and camera set-up for the Powers of Ten shoot in Venice, California in 1968. Charles is above the picnic with the reader and sleeping man, preparing for the 10+01 shot.
From the Eames Office archives in Santa Monica, a production image from Powers of Ten–Charles Eames shooting the hand of the sleeping man at the picnic. Paul Bruhwiler, at the Office of Charles and Ray Eames from 1967-1968, was the man in Powers of Ten: A Rough Sketch for a Proposed Film Dealing with the [...]