The Same Stars Shine Down On You, As Do On Me

Nothing nicer than a good repeating pattern, and things can only get better when they are applied to textiles!

Most of the images here were taken from a fabric website, where these fabrics are for sale. I am not sure which website, or who designed each piece but I do know that some of them were designed by Charles and Ray Eames and were for sale for over $110 PER METRE! In saying that though they looked to be very finely woven and are obviously good quality, so I suppose it isn’t that bad. It just hurt my little student eyeballs to read such a price tag 😦 But anywho! Go forth and enjoy pattern! Yes!

This one above is definetly Ray and Charles Eames! Loving the detail of the weave.

For anyone who is not familiar with Ray and Charles Eames they are two fabulous designers, who designed a whole range of products. They dabbled in everything that took their interest and left behind in their wake a trail of beautiful objects; with a huge amount of variety. One of their fabulous furniture designs was posted yesterday as an image in my ‘interiors’ post…

Simply beautiful! I love it.

They designed tonnes of stuff including films, furniture, childrens toys, films, puzzles, crockery….you name it! Their chairs are very popular in particular and you will most definetly know them. I have included a video from the Ted website and an excerpt from DesignMuseum to tell you a bit more about them, as they really are fascinating! You can quickly get an idea of their type of work by watching this below, and having a little read afterwards!

The last thing the landlord expected when he rented a modest Richard Neutra-designed apartment on Strathmore Avenue in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood to a newly married couple in 1941 was for the spare bedroom to be turned into a workshop. No sooner had Charles and Ray Eames moved in than they kitted out that room with a home-made moulding machine into which they fed the woods and glues that Charles sneaked home from his day job as a set architect on MGM movies like Mrs Miniver.”

“It was on this machine – dubbed the “Kazam!” after the saying “Ala Kazam!” because the plywood formed in the mould like magic – that the Eames produced their first mass-manufactured product, a plywood leg splint based on a plaster mould of Charles’ own leg. A year later, the US Navy placed an order for 5,000 splints and the Eames moved their workshop out of their apartment into a rented studio on nearby Santa Monica Boulevard.

The combination of visionary design and ingenuity that had prompted Charles and Ray Eames prototype a mass-manufactured product in their spare room was to characterise their work over the next four decades. Together they not only designed some of the most influential and innovative furniture of the late 20th century, but through their films, teaching, writing and their life together in the house they designed in Pacific Palisades, they defined an open, organic, emotionally expressive approach to design and lifestyle.

Both Charles and Ray were the youngest of two children in middle-class families and gifted students with a flair for art: otherwise their backgrounds were very different. Born in 1907, Charles Ormand Eames grew up in St Louis, Missouri where his father, a keen amateur photographer, worked in railway security. When Charles was eight, his father was injured in a robbery and died four years later. Charles helped to support the family with part-time jobs, but still excelled at school. His class yearbook described him as “a man with ideals, courage to stand up for them and ability to live up to them.” After high school, he won an architecture scholarship to Washington University in St Louis where he met a fellow student, Catherine Woermann, whom he married in 1929. Her father paid for them to honeymooon in Europe where they saw the work of Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

Back in St Louis, Charles opened an architectural office which won commissions for houses only to fold in the depression. After eight months away on what he called his “On The Road tour” in Mexico, Charles set up another practise in 1935 and was asked to design a house for the Meyers, friends of Catherine’s. He sought the advice of the architect Eliel Saarinen who offered him a fellowship to study architecture and design at Cranbrook Academy. There, Charles deepened his friendship with Eliel and his son Eero – with whom he won the 1940 Museum of Modern Art Organic Furniture Competition – and found new collaborators notably Harry Bertoia and, later, Ray Kaiser.” (Source:here)

It is definetly worth checking out their video “To The Power of 10” as awell. Love. It.

“Classic Eames video. View the milky way at 10 million light years from earth, then move through space towards the earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.”

Enjoy! I know what i’m gonna be looking up the next while anyway, wha 😀 x



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