Quote:Either you stick with what the designer envisioned his design to look like, or you don't.
Well, that is exactly what I'm questioning. What makes you think there was a original "pure" design in the first place? To suggest such things, is to pretty much contradict the entire Eames philosophy in design.
This chair is derivative of many prototypes before it, and was changed by the Eames Office even after production started...they dropped the rosewood, they dropped the glove leather and they dropped the down filling. To suggest an idea of the only "proper" colour being black seems absurd.
I'll quote Eames Demetrios, Director of the Eames Office himself...
Quote:"Excellent question, which goes to the heart of the Eames design philosophy. You are correct that the first Lounge Chairs had down in them. They also were upholstered in glove leather. But both elements were aspects of the design that Charles and Ray ultimately felt they could improve. Glove leather ultimately wore out too quickly and they did not like the way down flattened over time."
Remember, that for Charles and Ray, the design process was never over. So this Special Edition is not a recreation of the first lounge chair; it doesn't seem very Eamesian for us to do that. Instead, it is a dramatic expression of the authentic design. Charles and Ray did not design vintage furniture. They essentially designed systems to give customers the guest/host experience Charles and Ray were after.
And Charles and Ray did not work alone...many talented designers played more than a small part in their designs. Don Albinson probably deserves as much credit for this chair as anybody.