Eames by design, chairs by choice

March 17, 2005 by: Daniel Ostroff

Eames by design, chairs by choice

By Christine Temin, Globe Staff  |  March 17, 2005


“Carla Hartman owns 400 chairs, all designed in the 20th century.”

”The cornerstone of my collection,” she says, ”is the lounge chair and ottoman that my grandparents sent me in 1976, when I absolutely couldn’t have afforded such a thing.”

“The grandparents happened to be Charles and Ray Eames, the husband and wife team who were among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Their furniture is still in production, turned out by Herman Miller in the United States and Vitra in Europe. Sleek, comfortable, and curvaceous, Eames chairs are to 20th-century design what Chippendale chairs are to the 18th: instantly identifiable icons.”

“Giving a walk-through tour of the ”Chairs” exhibition now at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she is art educator in residence, Hartman tells her audience who her grandparents were right off, noting that ”chairs were part of my life since day 1.”"

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