Timeless, early modern furniture continues to flourish our homes and favorite restaurants. We commonly pay tribute to Charles and Ray Eames for pioneering modern, industrial design in the 1940’s and 50’s. Their designs called for the use of simple materials, including molded fiberglass, plastic and plywood. But where did their revolutionary design aesthetic stem from?
Unconventional, avant-garde Finnish designers Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) and Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) struck and infused Charles Eames’ creative journey and design process and continue to inspire designers today.
Eero Saarinen, greatly influenced by sculpture, evolved the delicate balance between prominent aesthetic and original structural form. His eloquent use of material, form and color claimed him international recognition.
The master of sensual detailing, Alvar Aalto, challenged inimitable functionalism with an ingenious design aesthetic and style. Driven by the International style, he married his design concepts and forms to site location, materials and its occupants. Aalto’s utilization of molded plywood stimulated Charles Eames creative exploration and material use.
And, of course, there is the iconic work of Eames…
To learn more about the Revival of the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic in today’s design vernacular, please visit the Perspectives section of the Charles Luck website, view this video and visit us again on Tuesday, April 14th to preview a new stone collection inspired by Saarinen and Aalto.