recently there’s been a link floating around for a phenomenal video that shows the delicate craft and assembly required in creating one of charles and ray eames’ famously beautiful lounge chairs. i’ll be the first to admit that this is probably my favorite piece of furniture ever designed. the eames’ were some of the most prolific furniture designers of their time and probably the fathers of modern ergonomics as seen in the lounge chairs and molded plywood chairs. their molded plywood chairs (as seen below) found themselves into almost ever american classroom in the form of one knock-off or another.
the eames’ also produced wonderful short films, including the classic, and arguably the most famous short film ever, powers of ten, an exploration in how we view the universe as seen through the journey from the core of the atom to edge of the universe zooming out by powers of ten every second (there was actually a great simpson’s spoof of this in one opening credits scene). and in case you wanted to purchase a lounge chair, they can be bought at design within reach.
us news and world report just released their “best careers of 2007.” in a survey of american adults us news rated the “best” 25 professions of the year using a rubric of six categories. while architecture made the list half of the grades weren’t so stellar. median pay, job market outlook, and attainability sunk the architect’s ratings while quality of life, prestige, and typical degree required were on the up and up. from the inside looking out this seems fairly accurate. it’s worth a look-see.