The Eames Black House Bird

So last Friday I wrote about the extraordinary¬†Eames Walnut Stool. And in putting that article together I spied this very sleek, elegant black bird in some of the images I sorted through. As I delved further, I learned that this bird has come to be known as the Eames Black House Bird. Okay, I’m sure you already knew that, but for me it was a moment of enlightenment… and so now I have to share! See, that’s the great thing about blogs… you learn and you share ūüôā

Here’s the exquisite creature that captured my eye.

 

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Isn’t he great?

All the research basically says the same thing. The black house bird was acquired by Charles and Ray Eames on their journey through the Appalachian mountain region of the eastern United States. They were known to spice up their collections with objects they discovered in their extensive travels, and the black house bird happened to be one of them.

The original black wooden bird, c. 1910, was created by Charles Perdew. Perdew had been the owner of a gun repair business, but turned it over to his son in 1930 and started to carve birds full time. He carved miniatures, half sizes and full sizes of all kinds of birds for decoys.

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Do you think this bird looks real?

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I wonder what the cat thinks!

The house bird became one of the most prized American folk art objects the Eames’ owned…

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And stood in the center of their famous Pacific Palisades living room for over fifty years.

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Doesn’t this authentic Mid-Century Modern room make your heart pound just a little bit faster? And there in the center is the famous bird, sitting up proud and tall.¬†He’s actually close to 11″ x 3.5″ x 11″, but I think he looks bigger than that, in spite of the open, soaring space of the Eames living room.

And in this space too.

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Maybe the stature of this object is symbolic of its¬†notoriety. The black house bird was not only a prized object in the Eames home, but it was also seen as an accessory in many of the Eames’ photographs. The bird became a trademark prop, most notably in the famous publicity photo for the Eames Wire Chairs.

 

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This image happens to be a 1952 original front cover¬†from an issue of ‘The Architectural Review‘!

Based on the original artifact and in cooperation with the Eames Family, Vitra is now producing the first series of this figure, which you can purchase for $210 US. And so… this is on my wish list of things to¬†save for and invest in! Funny how the wish list grows with each post ūüėČ

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The Eames’ house bird is made of solid alder with a black lacquer finish and steel wire legs, though¬†Perdew worked mainly in pine. But¬†he was also known for utilizing reclaimed timbers from old bridges, beams from empty buildings, or leftover wood from sash and door factories. ¬†If you were to come across a vintage (c. 1910) original of Perdew’s black house bird, it is apparently now worth an estimated $3650 US! So there’s investment, and then there’s INVESTMENT!

Especially when paired with a Wishbone chair!

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¬†But I can also see him in this setting here…

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Paired with these Eames Molded Plastic chairs here.

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So, how long have you known about the Eames Black House Bird? Do you have any stories to tell?

Where have I been?! ūüôā

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Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair

Can you believe Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair has been around since 1950? Quick math – that’s just over 60 years! And it’s been in constant production since its birth.

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Here you see Hans Wegner sitting in his creation. And as you can see, this Mid-Century chair is a beauty. With lines like this there’s really no need for any other.

No matter the setting…

A perfect fit with the curves of the chairs ready to hug the contours of the live edge table.

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When you see this profile, doesn’t it look like the chair is ready to embrace you?

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These chairs are just naturals in any company. Here they’re completely at home sitting around the more modern industrial table.

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And here with the contemporary kitchen in the background.

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Do you see what I mean by how versatile these chairs are? Who doesn’t ‘wish’ for at least one in their home?

I couldn’t resist including this image, because I know that even if you don’t recognize the chairs, you’ll definitely recognize the Ikea pendant! It’s a hot commodity right now and you see it everywhere…

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Which of course is a testament to the design of the Wishbone chair. It can be paired with current trends… or old friends.

Like these Mid-Century cohorts gathered here…

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And here.

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And of course by now you know that when it comes to black, I’m in!

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But seriously, can you blame me? These chairs are gorgeous.

If you don’t want to commit to black chairs, try accessorizing with just a touch of black instead.

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Seems like a good fit, don’t you think? And did you notice the Mid-Century pendant over the table? Funny how two-and-two go together… hint, think Ikea pendant from above.

And with modern times, comes a modern twist. The Wegner Wishbone chair is now available in a rainbow of colours…

Like these that you see here.

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And here.

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I think the chairs take on a whole new life in colour! Check out Danish Design Store to see more… trust me, it’s worth the click.

And in today’s world…

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The Wishbone chair is timeless yet moves with the times. Who would’ve known that 60 years later it would be paired with a laptop computer? I think that says it all!

What do you wish for? Would you add a Wishbone chair to your collection, or do you already have one… or two… or?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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