While "Collecting Eames," the largest exhibition of Eames pieces to date, ended last month, the elegant accompanying catalog will long hold a place in design libraries big and small. Published by the show's curator, antiques dealer (who will be featured in the April issue of ELLE DECOR
) the limited-edition book captures what is so appealing about Eames design: the couple's knack for mi West Coast relaxation with sensuous forms, all in humble materials such as plywood, fiberglass, and aluminum. More surprising, perhaps, are Grant Taylor's photographs of the pieces. In addition to crisp images of iconic forms, Taylor captures an overlooked element—literally. He photographs the undersides of chairs and tables, the engineering and hardware that make the furniture work. It's fascinating to see a new, beautiful side to classic pieces, though that will come as no shock to longtime fans of the brand; a 1958 advertisement for Eames aluminum chairs touts that they, "like fine sculptures, can be admired from any angle."
Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection by Joel Chen and Daniel Ostroff, Published by JF Chen, $65;