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The Story of Eames Furniture

The story of Eames furniture told in unparalleled detail on 800 pages with more than 2,500 images.
Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart
Release Date: 
July 2015
25.5 x 29.2 cm
800 Pages, full cover, hardcover, 2 volumes in slipcase
Product details: 
reprint (2nd ed.)
Shop Price: $199.00
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About This Book

Now available again, this lavish publication tells The story of Eames furniture in ­unparalleled detail on 800 pages with more than 2,500 images.

In this unique publication, Marilyn and John Neuhart tell the story, to paraphrase Charles Eames himself, of how Eames furniture got to be the way it is. The Story of Eames Furniture is a biography —not of an individual person, but of arguably the most influential and important furniture brand of our time. Brimming with more than 2,500 images and insider information, this two-volume book in a slipcase sheds new light on the context in which the furniture of Charles and Ray Eames was created. It documents in unparalleled detail how the design process in the Eames Office developed as well as the significant roles played by specific designers and manufacturers.

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Volume 1 presents the early years of the Eames Office and its method of furniture design and development. It introduces not only Charles and Ray Eames, but also key members of their design team including Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Herbert Matter, and others—a widely diverse group of people who did the day-by-day work on the furniture projects and who together ultimately turned contemporary design in a new direction. This volume also focuses on Charles Eames’s early work with plywood and how he adapted plywood-molding techniques into a system to mass-produce furniture.

Volume 2 features the period from the aftermath of the Second World War through 1978, the year of Charles Eames’s death and of the effective, functional end of the Eames Office. By explaining the pioneering industrial processes used with innovative materials such as fiberglass, wire, and aluminum, it provides incomparable insight into how new technologies served as the genesis for the most interesting pieces of Eames furniture. This volume also focuses on the role of the Herman Miller Furniture Company in the evolution of furniture design at the Eames Office and investigates the influence of Don Albinson, who was Charles Eames’s primary designer and technician from the mid-1940s to 1960. 

The Story of Eames Furniture celebrates Charles Eames’s vanguard cultural achievement of giving modern society the opportunity of materializing its identity through furniture design that, even today, still tops bestseller lists and has not lost any of its original elegance, timelessness, freshness, and quality. 

The Story of Eames Furniture was written and designed by Marilyn Neuhart together with her husband John Neuhart. Both worked personally with Charles and Ray Eames at the Eames Office in various capacities starting in the 1950s. More familiar with the material and protagonists than almost any other, Marilyn Neuhart spent more than 15 years compiling the stories, images, and recollections featured in this book.

Image credits for all preview pages shown above: From The Story of Eames Furniture, © 2010 Eames Office LLC, from the Collections of the Library of Congress

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"This is my favorite design book of 2010. Yes, it's huge!...The quality and quantity of records is extraordinary."
Bill Moggridge, Director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

"We ought to be grateful that instead of the hagiography we might expect of such a sumptuous book, it presents the warts-and-all view from inside the studio – at times, it's as though we're eavesdropping on the staff at the watercooler... By giving the Eames Office rank and file their curtain call, it usefully explodes idea of the designer as a solitary genius, which has always been a myth.
Justin McGuirk, The Guardian

"A design geek's dream."
Alice Rawsthorn, The International Herald Tribune

Die 'Factory 901' in Los Angeles ist wohl auch bislang unter Designkennern und Bewunderern des gestalterischen Ausnahmeteams Ray und Charles Eames schon mehr als bekannt gewesen. Was dieses neue Buch von Marilyn und John Neuhart zum Thema nun jedoch vorlegt, das ist in Wort und Bild die wohl umfangreichste und differenzierteste Darstellung, die einer der wichtigsten Designpositionen des 20. Jahrhunderts bislang gewidmet wurde. . .In der Flut der mediokeren und allgegenwärtigen Internetseiten und Coffeetable Books zum Thema Design stellt dieses Werk eine vorbildliche und höchst anerkennenswerte editorische Leistung dar, die das richtige Buch als unverzichtbar bestätigt."
Prof. Dr. Klaus Klemp, Ausstellungsleiter
Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main

„Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, durch ein Buch einen derart unmittelbaren Einblick in das Innenleben eines Designstudios bekommen zu haben - sowohl im Text als auch anhand der Abbildungen. Meinen Glückwunsch zu dieser fulminanten und gewichteigen editorischen Meisterleistung."
Prof. Dr. Florian Hufnagl, Leitender Sammlungsdirektor Die Neue Sammlung
Staatliches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Design in der Pinakothek der Moderne

„Marilyn und John Neuhart, langjährige Mitarbeiter, Partner und Freunde von Charles und Ray Eames, sowie der Die Gestalten Verlag aus Berlin, haben mit viel Liebe und Gefühl, Verständnis und Kenntnis, Akribie und großem Wissen alles über das Leben und Lebenswerk der beiden Eames zusammengetragen, dieses in eine einmalige Form gebracht und damit ein herausragendes Eames-Standardwerk geschaffen. Entstanden ist ein großartiges multifunktionalesEames-Kompendium in zwei Bänden, ein 'Pfundstück' mit besonderer Ausstrahlung und so mitreißend, wie Eames und die Menschen um ihn herum gewesen sein müssen und die Produkte immer noch sind."
Dr. Michael Peters, Peters' Bakery Art Shop e.K.
CEO Frankfurt Fair 1993-2010



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