I am more than a little excited for this documentary to come out this summer. There’s not much to say other than I hope I’m having as much fun and have the same kind of outlook on life and style as these ladies when I reach their age.
For anyone who is a fan of Midcentury Modern design or just design in general, this movie is a must see. I finally got the chance to watch it yesterday, and it was an incredible glimpse into the duo of Charles & Ray, the studio they ran and the many projects they worked on.
One important thing this film does, is point out how often Ray was overlooked while Charles was seen as the Eames design genius. But we learn that Ray played an incredible part in the work they did — from her understanding of color to the many notes/ideas she saved (many of which were written down on cigarette paper wrappers).
One of the things I found to be the most charming and adorable was a small clip in the Special Features about Ray’s driving. Apparently Charles would not ride with her because she was a terrible driver — always looking at shadows, the color of buildings, flowers, anything but focusing on the road. One of the design student interns that was interviewed throughout the film also mentioned that no one knew how old Ray was and rather than carry her license with her, she would carry a Xeroxed copy of it with the birthdate whited out. A true lady!
(A letter from Charles to Ray asking for her hand in marriage.)
I’m counting down the days until September 13….are you?
I recently stumbled across this gorgeous photoshoot by JUCO, a collaborative duo based out of Los Angeles. I absolutely love the color palette and the vintage elements. There is a little bit of a Mad Men vibe, but many of the photos make me think of The Virgin Suicides, which has been streaming a lot lately on my Netflix queue.
Many more photos can be seen in the gallery. Which is your favorite?
Loving this mini fashion film directed by Gia Coppola featuring looks from Orla Kiely’s Spring/Summer 2011 line.
Orla has been a favorite designer of mine for ages. I love the vintage inspiration in each of her pieces!
Our topic, “What Home Means to Me” is one that I have been pondering for several months. My husband and I just moved into our home in March following 7 months of waiting on pins and needles after putting our offer in. Our home had been listed as a short sale (which there is nothing short about!), and there were two separate banks involved making the situation more complicated than usual. After many ups and downs and waiting so long for our dream home, it still feels surreal that it’s really ours.
For me, home means a space we design with our vintage furniture, art, and various items we’ve collected along the way (books, trinkets, records, etc). [pins via Wary Meyers, squirrelpearl, and I Adore Style.]
If you’d like to follow along, head on over to Smiles from Mel tomorrow where Melanie will be sharing what home means to her.