In Southern India, a common practice for the people who cannot afford much is to eat off a banana leaf. If and as their circumstances improve, they progress to eating off a low fired ceramic plate. The ones who are slightly better off use high glazed ceramics that improve to brass and bronze ‘thalis’. The elite are able to afford to eat off silver thalis and though not very common, it is even heard of some who get to eat off gold thalis. You can go even beyond that to those who have the means to afford the most expensively made thalis, but also have a certain amount of knowledge and understanding who choose to eat off the banana leaf. The banana leaf that one eats off is similar if not the same as the one the other eats off, but it is in essence the process of change within the man who is eating off it that has changed the banana leaf.
An actualized person understands the benefits of eating off a banana leaf and even though can afford the most expensive of thalis, eats off the banana leaf by the process of a conscious well informed choice.
CHARLES AND RAY EAMES
A parable related by furniture architect and designer Charles Eames, of the world renowned and appreciated Eames range of furniture. Concepts as deep as these that this designer along with industrial designer wife Ray Eames pondered on form the basis of each of their classic pieces of furniture, setting them apart in a class of their own.
The Eames defined twentieth century modern style of furniture with their organic and innovative design of furniture extending their styles to architecture, manufacturing, film making, art, exhibition and photography.
EAMES LOUNGER AND OTTOMAN
The iconic Eames Lounger and Ottoman had its inception as a birthday gift for the Eames close friend Academy award winning director Billy Wilder. The designer wanted to fashion a modern version of the Edwardian English Club Chair with the receptive feel of a well used first baseman’s mitt. It took off instantly, garnering a permanent spot in the famed New York’s museum of Modern Art. After its illustrious start, the Eames Lounger and Ottoman has spent it’s last 50 odd years in the spotlight, gracing famous NBC’s television series, the ‘Home’ show and adorning the apartment of the discerning and refined Frasier Crane. Constructed with a strong plywood base and ensconed in thick quality leather, this creation occupies a place of pride and comfort in several illustrious living rooms, dens, studies and lounges around the world.
Today the Eames Lounger and Ottoman comes in a variety of hues and wood grains, and is a statement in itself, housed next to a picture window, in front of an open fireplace or next to a baby grand piano.
The iconic Eames designer couple, with extensive education and experience in industrial design and architecture have brought to us countless other innovative creations, stylish yet comfortable with the uppermost echelon of quality.
EAMES SOLID WALNUT STOOL
The solid walnut Eames Stool and the famous Lobby Chair exude unquestionable luxury and meticulous craftsmanship. The stools were commissioned in 1960 by Time Inc. to grace the Rockefeller Center’s lobby area along with the classy Eames Lobby Chairs. Too beautiful to sit on, most patrons prefer for the Eames stool to take on the role of an occasional table instead to revel in all its glory.
EAMES LOBBY CHAIR
A true multi purpose masterpiece, Ray Eames designed the Eames Lobby Chair with superior lumbar support and adjustable heights taking comfort to the highest level. Proving to the world that you don’t have to slouch to be comfortable, the Eames Lobby chair takes on a renewed respect in today’s world with its passion for preventative measures against back and posture problems.
The foresight and design excellence, so relevant even today, that Charles and Ray Eames brought to us so many years ago needs no further proof that this outstanding couple will remain legends beyond their era.