We’ve been loving the latest installments of WHY, the online essay series from EQ3+ partner Herman Miller exploring why they do what they do. WHY’s most recent essay, Shell Shorts, condenses 70 some years of Eames Shell Chair history into just a few short paragraphs.
It sounded like an impossible task, but they did it!
“The story of the Eames Plastic Shell Chair really began more than ten years prior to Charles and Ray’s 1950 debut of their now iconic design…”¹ says Amber Bravo in the opening paragraph of her essay Shell Shorts.
Bravo goes on to look at the Eameses initial attempts at shaping plywood, their work with fiberglass for the original Eames Shell Chair, and then their move to molded wood and polypropelene alternatives when the original fiberglass version was deemed unsafe to produce. Bravo brings the story full circle with mention of Herman Miller’s newly reintroduced and environmentally safe Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs, which were released last month.
A set of 12 Eames gifs (you’ve got to see these gifs!) accompany the post, offering a fun look at the fiberglass production process. The gifs act as movie trailers for a series of Instagram videos that Herman Miller released earlier this week. Follow @HermanMiller on Instagram to watch all 10 Shell Shorts.
1. HermanMiller.com, WHY: Shell Shorts, written by Amber Bravo for Herman Miller.
We’re always interested to learn how creative people go about their work. How do they get their creative juices flowing?
For many designers, music is a way of tuning out the world and finding inspiration. This certainly is the case for Thom, EQ3’s Creative Director. When he’s not in meetings or doing store visits, you can usually find Thom at his computer with ear buds in and the music playing.
Here’s 13 tracks that Thom’s currently listening to while he works. May they inspire your work day too!
01. Under the Pressure | The War on Drugs
02. Blue Moon | Beck
03. Crime | Real Estate
04. Remember Our Days | Lotus Plaza
05. Hero of the War | Scott Walker
06. Heavy Stones | Cad VanGaalen
07. Queen Jane Approximately | Bob Dylan
08. Air Conditioning | DIIV
09. Black Rice | Women
10. Hospice Gates | Lower Dens
11. Out Getting Ribs | King Krule
12. Swept Inside | Future Islands
13. Before the Bridge | Future Islands
Album cover art by Alex, EQ3 Graphic Designer
The April printable planner is now available! This month’s free printable features a close up of EQ3’s Eve Sofa (you can learn more about Eve here).
Click here to download and print the April Monthly Planner.
Feature Image: Eve Sofa detail
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