(smow)offline: Eames Aluminium Chair

youtube contains a lot more than trampolining bears, illegal music videos and “ooh so clever” advertising virals.

It can also be useful and informative.     Honest.

Among the youtube channels we like – and one of the few we actively follow – is that from Vitra.

Recently a new film appeared on the Vitra youtube channel; a short review and history of the Aluminium Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames. Not only is the film a wonderful introduction to the Aluminium Chairs, but also allows a rare “behind the scenes” view of the intense and complex production process – yes, they are all constructed by hand – and also provides an interesting insight into the life and work of Ray and Charles Eames.


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