Kartell may be making a big whoop-de-doo about the 10th birthday of Philippe Starck's Ghost Chair, but over on Co.Design there's an illustrative tribute to a furniture firm that has (seemingly) been around since the beginning of time. During the 1940s and '50s, the studio of Ray and Charles Eames churned out some of the most important chairs on the planet, curios that would eventually go viral, paintings, films, their own home, and, interestingly, a stunning body of brightly colored marketing pamphlets and ads. "They treated furniture design as a problem-solving exercise just as they treated creating a poster as a problem-solving exercise," says a rep from London's PM Gallery & House, where a collection of Eameses' graphic designs, little printed time capsules in themselves, are currently on view. Might this be an excellent time to reflect on the fact that the duo's Molded Plywood Dining Chair, which Time magazine once called the "Best Design of the 20th Century," cost $25 in the mid-1940s? Now the bad boy, which is still produced by Herman Miller, starts at $799. Ah, memories.
· A Rare Look at the Eames Office's Graphic Design [Co.Design]