California Design 6 and an Eames Chair Posted January 10, 1960 by Daniel Ostroff
The Eames DCM photograph we feature is reproduced from the front plate of the CALIFORNIA DESIGN 6 catalogue published for the Pasadena Museum of Art (now the Norton Simon Museum) exhibition. “California Design” was an annual event at the museum and this, the sixth such presentation, was on display from January 10 to February 21, 1960.
Quoting from the introduction of the catalogue: “The California Design 6 exhibition was organized to honor the designers, manufacturers and retailers of Los Angeles County who have succeeded in bringing to the public outstanding examples of good design in the general field of home furnishings, accessories and equipment. Selections were made from a large number of entries according to an exacting standard in an effort to restrict the exhibition to the very best examples. To accomplish this aim a set of values was established–criteria by which logical judgments could be made and a high level of performance maintained. The principles which were followed were four in number–simplicity, appropriate form, function, and economy.”
This Eames chair photo was provided with a very complimentary caption to explain why the exhibition curators gave this 1946 Eames design’s primary position in the 1960 catalogue:
“A FINE EXAMPLE OF DESIGN ACCORDING TO PRINCIPLES. THE FORMED PLYWOOD AND STEEL ROD CHAIR BY CHARLES EAMES FOR THE HERMAN MILLER FURNITURE CO….STILL RATES NEXT TO THE TOP OF THE ONE HUNDRED BEST DESIGNED OBJECTS OF OUR TIME. SELECTED BY US AS ONE OF THE EXAMPLES OF “CLASSIC” DESIGN SHOWN TO UNDERLINE THE APPROACH USED IN THE JUDGING OF THE EXHIBITION.”