A Love for Eames and Each Other

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This past year, my husband and I were blessed with the birth of our son, Colt Tennyson Walker or “CTW.”

My husband Blair and I met in 2011 while I was selling Herman Miller for the Home at an authorized retailer. He was a customer. He kept coming back. I thought he liked me. It turns out he really just liked the furniture. Who can blame him?

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The first of many pieces Blair purchased from me was an Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table or “CTW.” Then it was two Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chairs and a Nelson bench. Then there was more–much more. The strange part about it was that Blair kept purchasing pieces that I also happened to own myself.

Needless to say, somewhere between the Nelson bench and the Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair, Blair realized that he might like more than just the furniture. What took him so long?

Fast forward three years. . .

Blair and I have a life together which includes our many pieces of Eames furniture and, of course, our son Colt Tennyson Walker or “CTW” (aka “Coffee Table Wood;” the first Eames piece that Blair had purchased from me).

Our love for great design is not only a shared passion for Blair and me but also part of our little family’s history and the foundation of an incredible friendship; this passion is also something we hope to pass onto our son (does he even have a choice in the matter?!).

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I cannot describe in the English language the feelings I get from being at home with my family, surrounded by such beautiful and functional pieces.

Charles and Ray Eames have touched our lives in so many ways. Their spirit–their playfulness, imagination, and curiosity–is felt the second you walk into our home. It speaks to who Blair and I are as individuals and as a couple.

The Eameses and their accomplishments make me proud to have an active imagination, to be interested in toys, patterns, colors, and games. Their history with Herman Miller is also a major contributor to the pride I feel walking into work every day.

About the photographer

Keesic Douglas is an Ojibway artist from the Rama Nation. His practice utilizes photography, video, and performance, focusing on themes that explore history, identity, representation, and the environment from an Indigenous perspective. Douglas is building his own collection of Eames/Herman Miller furniture, carefully selecting each piece in his residence at Tip Top Lofts. Please visit his website to learn more about his work.

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