In the special 1961 ZODIAC annual, in this year, devoted to "America" there's an article by Janet Fiske McCullough of interest to serious mid-century design scholars.
"Some thoughts about Eames" pages 123 to 125 We can only highlight a few excerpts from texts we recommend, and from this article, we select the opening paragraphs:
"Last year Charles and Ray Eames were jointly named as the first winners of the now-annual Kaufmann International Design Award. From among all the world's practicing designers, they were singled out for an honor that carries with it the rather convincing honorarium of $20,000, by a 5-man international jury (Sir Herbert Read, George Nelson, Eric Herlow, Dino Olivetti, and Arthur N. BecVar) that cited the Eames (sic) for an "uncompromising directness in the treatment of materials" and for "expressing an inherent logic of structure and form that takes into account the necessary condition that intelligence must function in the framework of modern indstury and technology. "Mr. and Mrs. Eames," the award reminds us, is the proper title for a design team that has functioned since 1940, has functioned so smoothly behind the scenes that few people, if any, know who contributes what to which product. Since the privacy of this arrangement is something they obviously prefer and enjoy, it is not only sensible to respect it but senseless to question it: any true collaboration is greater than the sum of its partners. Nevertheless, since they work as one and create as one, we shall discuss them in the singular -- focusing on Charles Eames as the public figure of the team and its spokesman...:"
This entire issue is recommended to mid-century design scholars, and here, courtesy of a great book store, http://modernism101.com/ is a description of this issue. Thanks too, to http://modernism101.com/ we have photographs of the cover with the amazing 1958 Jasper Johns "Flag" painting and the spread from the inside of this issue.
Bruno Alfieri and Pier Carlo Santini [Editors]
Bruno Alfieri and Pier Carlo Santini [Editors]: ZODIAC 8 / AMERICA / International Magazine of Contemporary Architecture. Milan: Edizione Di Communita, 1961. Original Edition (International magazine of contemporary architecture issued twice yearly under the auspices of the Ing. C. Olivetti & Co.). Text in Italian, English and French. A very good softcover book in stiff, printed french-folded wrappers: light wear overall, with spine tips lightly bruised. Interior unmarked and very clean. Out-of-print and uncommon. Front cover image Three Flags by Jasper Johns and rear cover image by Ben Shahn.
8.5 x 10.5 softcover book with 200 pages of modern architecture, beautifully designed and printed in Italy on a variety of paper stocks. Illustrated with numerous black & white photographs and drawings. Contains numerous trade advertisements, some of which are illustrated in color.
The AMERICA issue of ZODIAC offered an amazingly prescient overview of Contemporary Architecture in the United States, circa 1961. If you don't believe me, just have a look at the exceptional contents of this amazing issue: my highest recommendation.
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