Classic Americana speaks to many things. Certain descriptors are bound to pop up when discussing the qualities the residents of the stars and stripes have popularized since the nation’s inception including a certain boldness, a confidence and bravado, and a break from tradition.
Charles and Ray Eames certainly had this brand of chutzpah and impudence at the ready. They were willing to take risks and break new ground. They embraced modernity with reckless abandon. They produced abundantly throughout the duration of their collective career. They were furniture designers, architects, filmmakers, artists, and industrial designers.
It is nearly impossible to catalogue all that they accomplished because it is so plentiful, but Ray and Charles Eames leave a legacy of modernism that shaped the Mid-Century and Modern periods of the twentieth Century in such a tangible way.
“Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier, in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present, a point of origin that marks a new departure.”
–Paul de Man
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