"Modern Tempered to Taste"
Living: for Young Homemakers, May 1951


There are, of course, plenty of people who simply don't like contemporary furniture. They are indissolubly wedded to a familiar pattern which they recognize as Early American, Victorian, or some other period--and that is that. There are others who are slavishly modern and somehow manage to make their rooms look like hundreds of other modern rooms--sterile and completely impersonal. Still others, who for the most part are young people, keep an open mind, want furniture that will fit the pattern of their lives and the dimensions of their present living quarters. With the latter group in mind, Charles Eames planned a living room, dining room, bedroom, and child's room, defined by furniture unmistakably of this era--made of today's materials--plastics, plywood, foam-rubber--scaled to fit the ever-diminishing room size--flexible in use. Most important, each room has warmth and lived-in intimacy through the use of a happily uninhabited palette.


(above) A VIEW OF THE LIVING ROOM shows how the double storage unit on the right functions as a divider between living and dining areas. Notched metal frames make possible a variety of drawer and shelf arrangements. Investment pieces such as a sofa bed come high but over-all cost of rooms is kept in line by using less expensive tables, chairs, and accessories. Total cost of furniture for four rooms is $1,800


(above) DINNING TABLE is ash, has detachable legs; table and chairs have the concise lines, lightweight construction characteristic of Eames designs. The incidental table, here used for extra serving space, folds up, and is easily movable. Center piece is ten-cent store fruit decorated with colored paper and gold paint, just as refreshing as the fluted-paper light shade


(above) BED (a George Nelson design with a walnut headboard) was covered in geometrically stitched sailcloth. Adjustable tray table with walnut veneer top can be used by readers-in-bed, or as a side table. Storage unit at right has book-shaped boxes to serve as household filing system


(above) CHILDıS ROOM has furniture scaled to convenient size for small fry. The Nelson-designed bed is same construction as sofa in the living room, but without a back rest. Magical color notes come from paper sampans, balloon, and dart board. All the furniture in these rooms is from Herman Miller


(above) The problem: an almost square floor space and only one wall. The solution by Charles Eames: furniture and color effectively creating visual boundaries, careful attention given each small decorating detail--photographs mounted on bright panels, paper fans and leaves wired to straw stems, a bowl of gilded walnuts, a checkerboard that serves as a mat for coffee cups or glasses

Here youthful simplicity reflects the age of the occupants as clearly as a birth certificate. The ingenuity, daring, and color--the spirit and fun of these rooms were inspired by youth and created for it. Study the forthright design, the freedom from hidebound decorating theories; you'll discover merit and beauty in pieces designed for the everyday demands of young living

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