The Eames Lounge chair is perhaps one of the greatest chairs of all time. I’ve mentioned the chair quite a few times in the past when it appeared in some of the architecture posts. If you’re not familiar with the chair already, it was designed by the husband and wife team, Charles and Ray Eames. Originally the two designed the chair as a gift for a director by the name of Billy Wilder. There wasn’t much to the chair, but the goal was for the chair to feel lean and have a sense of playfulness and the sophistication of modern living.
During the team’s initial approach to projects, they asked themselves questions that every one of us should ask before and during projects:
Does the design truly interest and intrigue us or its viewers?
If you’re not doing something interesting, intriguing or innovative, then what is it that you’re doing, because those are a few of the keys to successful projects.
Can we make it better?
If you can make it better, don’t settle, just do it. Nike says it and, well, they just do it. I’m currently building a project that would normally take a team of oxen to do, but I’m just doing it.
Are we having fun while designing it?
It’s quite evident by the work of Charles and Ray Eames that they enjoyed what their work. Quite frankly every project we do, we should too. If you’re doing a project that isn’t enjoyable, don’t do it. Please don’t do it. More than once I’ve found myself on projects that weren’t enjoyable and I’ve made it a point to not do projects that aren’t enjoyable. You should too.
More stunning images of the chair after the jump.