Earlier this morning I attended a Herman Miller event where they showcased their latest designs and explained the many innovations they’ve made recently. It took place in the Carondelet House, an old, Spanish villa here in LA that was built back in 1928, which provided an interesting foil for the modern furniture. On hand to explain things were Herman Miller Creative Directors Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows, as well as Eames Demetrios, the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames.
Eames gave us a slideshow of how many of the products that the Eames crafted, and Herman Miller still carries, were originally thought up and created, which was especially cool to hear from an actual Eames. There were lots of historical slides, old photos of Ray and Charles, but one slide in particular caught my attention, a quote from Charles Eames.
“Let’s try to think of design as planned goodness, not art art art.”
I find this quote to be so charming. If you ask me, the world needs a lot more planned goodness, and phrasing it that way certainly simplifies the act. As designers our focus should be on solving problems, while being careful to not be distracted by the allure of creating a shiny object. The Eames are the quintessential examples of this, creating objects which are human-centric first but are still extremely beautiful pieces.