September 07, 2016


Mid-Century Modern: Cargo and Eames

Charles & Ray Eames were the forbearers of contemporary design, revolutionizing architecture  and interiors. Their signature Eames Chair, applying modern technology to traditional materials, has become a staple of interior designers. The Pacific Palisades, California home they built for themselves in 1949 echoes this love for simplicity and clean modern lines. 

Bookshelves line the lofty, open living space interspersed with smaller dining and study areas. Each area is equipped with ample display areas for their love of folk art from around the world. Brightly colored hand loomed textiles from around the world drape the couches, chairs, and floors, while rich wood and brass sculptures and figurines flank the surrounding walls and tables. These approachable and soft lines and textures give warmth to what otherwise might be a very cold space. They also carry the stories of this globe-trotting couple. "It's been said that Charles and Ray introduced the idea of decorating with everything," says their grandson Eames Demetrios. "They had a comfort level with all kinds of artifacts and understood the human need to collect things.”

You can decorate your Mid-Century Modern the Eames way too. Here are some ideas. 

Eamesliving (left) Eames living room area                    




Eames couch close up

(above) Close up of couch

Cargo items online and in-store (below): Woven Indigo Blanket (Laos), Kuba Cloth (Democratic Republic of Congo)






Eames shelf

Eames living room bookshelf (above)

Cargo items online and in-store: Kokeshi doll (Japan), Rolling pin (India)


Eames at home


Eames living nook

above: Eames living area

Cargo in-store (below): modern console table made of recycled wood, kokeshi doll, woven textiles from Laos, woven indigo cloth (Africa), wooden Yoruba stool (Africa), wooden toy lotus flower (India), brass bell (India), antique Incense holder (Japan), buddha sculpture (India)

Cargo Eames

Cargo online and in-store: Woven wool blanket (Bolivia), Cowry shell basket (Nigeria), hand-woven Adanudo cloth (Ghana)


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