What Real Eames Looks Like

I mentioned in my post about fabric hunting on eBay that people use “Eames” or “Eames era” to describe any vaguely midcentury fabric (and some that aren’t even vaguely midcentury, for that matter). Well here is some actual Eames fabric, spotted over at the esteemed Reference Library. It is a 1951 sample of “Sea Things” fabric designed by Ray Eames for Schiffer Prints. You can still purchase this fabric (but not in black & white) here and here.



  1. Patricia says:

    Thanks for this delightful and informative blog. I’ve just started researching and trying to find vintage fabric, so your site is an incredible resource. This Eames fabric is GORGEOUS!! If I could shell out the cash for a yard of it, I don’t know what I’d do with it. I’d be hard-pressed to cut it up!

  2. Nanette says:

    This is hands down my favourite site of the moment. I am really enjoying each and every post – so interesting and helpful. Thanks so very much!

  3. peter says:

    Here’s a cool video mash-up of the “The Information Machine,” by Charles and Ray Eames. The original was produced for the IBM Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, and attempted to demonstrate how modern computing and human creativity were developing hand in hand. The mash-up reflects on how young companies leverage open systems to do the same.