Eames, Star Wars, and Scale Posted December 18, 2015 by Ross Atwood

The night is finally upon us. Friday, December 18, 2015 is the launch of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Meet Hung Doan—one Star Wars fan who takes his #EamesPlay very seriously.

Throughout the month of December, the Eames Office and Herman Miller have been celebrating Charles and Ray’s love of play with the launch of an interactive video. The Eameses worked with much more than just furniture alone. They designed many creative games, from the House of Cards to The Toy, as well as playful films such as Tops and Toccata for Toy Trains.

The design duo also enjoyed experimenting with scale. They believed understanding scale allowed us to better understand and contribute to the world around us. Their film Powers of Ten, which looks at the relative size of things in the universe, has been viewed by millions and used as a teaching tool in classrooms nationwide. Charles and Ray also applied scale to their design work, creating miniature models of exhibitions and showrooms before ever actually building them.

Even Eames furniture is available in different scales. The Miniatures Collection, manufactured by Vitra, is exactly one sixth of the size of the historical originals. They are true to scale and precisely recreate the smallest details of construction, material and color. Many Eames fans, such as Hung Doan, enjoy collecting Charles & Ray’s designs at both scales.

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 8.52.28 PM copyDoan, a San Francisco Bay Area tech professional in marketing and advertising, is a lover of authentic Eames designs, high-end watches, and, of course, Star Wars. His collection of all three is quite impressive. Many of his photos on Instagram not only highlight scale, but also combine his interest in Eames designs with his passion for Star Wars. When asked what sparked this series of images he answered, “I have a son, and it is like reliving a second childhood.”

Doan became interested in Eames designs after he bought his 1961 home three years ago. “I wanted to keep the aesthetics true to the home, yet make it contemporary. So I got into it [Eames Furniture],” he told the Eames Office. “I am also a big believer of authentic designs and their origins.” Doan used to sell high-end watches and so he has experience working against the counterfeit industry, which is part of the reason why he does not buy replica watches or furniture.

Doan’s Instagram page has been on our radar for quite some time, and with tonight’s long-anticipated launch, his playful collection of images below gives us even more to be excited about. In the words of Charles Eames, “Toys are not really as innocent as they look.”

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 6.12.45 PMLuke Skywalker admiring the attention to detail on this Red Eames DCW. Han Solo drools with envy.

esw2Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader on an Eames Lounge Chair.

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 6.13.27 PMThe Force Awakens villain, Kylo Ren, on an Eames DCW.

esw4Here, Hoan recreated “the scene where Fett falls into the Sarlacc Pit” using an Eames Molded Wood Chair.

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 6.22.09 PM “R2-D2, where are you?”

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 6.21.29 PMEveryone seems to be working hard; however, Boba Fett is relaxing in the most coveted chair in the galaxy: an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. As Hoan says, “That is the life of a freelancer. A freelance bounty hunter.”

esw5Han Solo made a much needed upgrade to the Millennium Falcon. Trips across the galaxy deserve comfort.

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