Oh Sienna So Hot It Hurts

April 1, 2007 by: Daniel Ostroff

Is there a connection between SIENNA MILLER, ALEXANDER GIRARD and Eames Aluminum Group chairs?

First of all, note the following: We bought this particular issue of the UK ESQUIRE because of the following article, which starts on page 116. “73 THINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE IN YOUR HOME.” [writers Miranda Collinge and Henry Farrar-Hockley, photographs by Lee Powers] “Shun the Scandinavian flat-pack craving hordes and embrace a new world of luxury. Welcome to our house…please wipe your feet,” they proclaim.

Amongst the “73 SHOULD HAVE’s” is item 20, “SOFT PAD EA217 OFFICE CHAIR BY CHARLES AND RAY EAMES,” see the entirety of page 118 below, EA217 prominently displayed. This version is made by VITRA, who have the exclusive license to make Eames Office designs in Europe.

Okay, point number two: SIENNA MILLER is featured on the cover, chairless. She’s very attractive, and we enjoyed her performance in FACTORY GIRL.

Next, point three, I promised ALEXANDER GIRARD, right? Okay, well, in 1952 Herman Miller formed a TEXTILE DIVISION, with Alexander Girard as director of design. Charles Eames had encouraged Herman Miller to hire Girard. Girard did not limit himself to designing textiles, he promoted the use of vivid colors in the entire Herman Miller line. If we look at these color swatches of Girard’s DECOR NAUGAHYDE especially the ones with asterisks, which are “standard” Eames Aluminum Group colors, we see color 1763 is BURNT SIENNA. It’s the second color from the left, third row from the bottom.

The  four digit numbers such as “1763″  which are sometimes hand-written on certain Eames chair upholstery tags often refer to such Girard color designations.   The Eames Aluminum “Group” includes the chair depicted below, the soft pad EA217.

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