Charles and Ray Eames surrounded themselves in their legendary Eames House with their own designs and an extensive collection of folk art, as well as other small objects found on their travels, in nature and in everyday life. Almost everything they collected was related to aspects of design and form, as Ray explained
We never collected anything just as collectors, but because something was inherent in the piece that made it seem like a good idea to be looking at.
The Eameses organised and decorated their living space with great seriousness and tremendous joy, making the Eames House an ever-changing collage, a reflection of their life.
A prominent feature of the Eames collection was a huge wooden whale over two metres in length, an anonymous work of North American folk art. Charles and Ray Eames were exceptionally fond of the painted object: it occupied a permanent place in the Eames Office and was also used in photo shoots – such as the first photos of the Lounge Chair. The smaller-scale reproduction of the Eames House Whale by Vitra is crafted from alder wood and painted by hand.
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Vitra, a Swiss furniture and design furniture company founded in 1950, aims to improve the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through design furnishing solutions. Vitra offers a wide range of furnishings along with watches, small accessory items, fabrics, children's furniture and miniatures.
The company has always relied on the creative talent of world-renowned designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Verner Panton, Antonio Citterio, Philippe Starck, Bořek Šípek, Mario Bellini, Glen Oliver Löw, Dieter Thiel, Jasper Morrison, Alberto Meda and Jean Prouvé. The main strengths of Vitra furnishings are materials longevity, aesthetics and the solidity, as is shown by its classic design pieces, still in production since 1950.
Vitra Originals products are covered by a 10-years warranty, learn more.