Discussion – EAMES: The Architect & the Painter

Imagine if you had saved every laundry list of the days thoughts scribbled on the back of your receipts, or those loopy directions you sketched up on the back of your napkin at Sunday brunch – and never threw any of them away? We all might have an attachment to material ‘things’, but it’s this relationship to the ‘ideas’ of these things and the uncovering of their essence that reveal themselves on these crude and honest scribblings. Sometimes it’s the quick jot of an inspiration, an observation, a critique, or a revelation that may one day become the seed for a project or vision at some time that’s not then and there, a future blossom. Or maybe not?

As a hoarder of these little scribbles, I tuck them away but keep them close. Then I hide them again. Why? Though my shopping list of filone de renella (bread), prosciutto (meat) and formaggio acidino (cheese) may be of little importance upon my next viewing years down the road, it’s the warehouse of memories that flood my mind and take me down those narrowing streets to the morning’s market to buy fresh; it’s the uneven cobblestones tweaking my ankles that focus my sight on their beautiful moire; and it’s the beautiful rivers edge overlooking the Janiculum hill where I enjoyed that sandwich that later inspired a favorite painting. This is why I keep them – they awaken past experiences that inspire today’s wanderings. They become a time capsule for who I was to who I am now. And not to throw that shopping list under the bus, but I haven’t made a shopping list identical to that for years.. time to go back to Italy.

Do you keep your thoughts?

A Trio of Extras!

We are excited for the upcoming screening, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, next Tuesday as this one delves into the incredibly vibrant story of the husband-and-wife team that are widely regarded as America’s most important designers.

In addition to the scheduled film, we are thrilled to announce that during the reception from 6-6:30 we will be rolling the Eames’ short film ‘Powers of Ten’, a documentary written by the couple in 1968 that will “take us on an adventure of all magnitudes” from the outer edges of the universe to the inside of our very own DNA. A must see for all!


Accompanying the short documentary will be the iconic Eames Lounge Chair, circa 1956 Herman Miller. A special thanks goes out to James Kathary and his business modern*love for offering to display this beautiful piece. Be sure to check out James’ website HERE where they specialize in “Exceptional midcentury, Danish and designer modern furniture, art, lighting and decor”.  For the serious collectors out there, this chair is a first production type, Series 1 from the collection of Matthew Strauss and was purchased from the collection of world renowned “Futurist Designer”, Syd Mead.

And last but not least, we are excited to welcome Ross Atwood, the great-grandson of the Eames’ who shared some thoughts on Charles and Ray in a 2010 article in the Seven Days HERE that they “believed you’ve got to learn technique and not just become familiar with it but really have it sink in. That’s one of the main things that made them so great”.

And this is one of the great themes explored in this month’s film that delves into this duality between their personal and working lives, with emphasis on their attention to detail and really understanding the nature of how their spaces and products perform and would ultimately influence and change the world of design.

We look forward to seeing you next week!