Eames House Bird

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Though Charles and Ray Eames weren’t the ones to design this iconic bird sculpture, they brought it to the public eye and turned it into a recognized and admired objet. As avid collectors, the Eames couple picked up a simple black bird during their travels in the Appalachian mountains. Originally carved out of pine in 1910, the piece of folk art became one of their most cherished objects and ended up making an appearance in multiple well-known photographs of their home. It became a showpiece in their living room among the rest of their prized possessions. To bring back the time-honored silhouette, Vitra worked with the Eames family to make a 3D replica of the original—and now produces them out of solid alder with a black lacquer finish and steel wire legs. 

Photo: Gregory Miller