“The details are not the details. They make the design.”
"No, Ray is not my brother." - Charles Eames
Charles Eames (1907-78) and Ray Eames (1912-88) are among the pioneers of modernist industrial design. For over 40 years, Charles and Ray Eames experimented designing compact storage units, collapsible sofas for the home, seating for stadiums, airports, and schools, and chairs for virtually anywhere.
The Charles and Ray Eames designer fabric section is great for anyone who loves the look of the modern decor. The Eames's textile designs translated abstract art into useful, everyday objects. With these vintage designer fabrics you can make pillows, wall-hangings, upholstery, curtains, handbags, garments and more.
Uses for Eames Fabrics
The Charles and Ray Eames designs carried by J&O have so many possibilities. Draperies, wall hangings, seat cushions, pillows, lampshades, slipcovers and table covers are just a few of the items that can be made to show off the vibrant shapes and colors of the Eames's perpetually modern designs.
Caring for Eames Fabric
Our Charles and Ray Eames designer fabrics fall under cleaning code S
. To clean fabrics marked with this code simply spot clean the fabric using a mild, water-free solvent or dry cleaning product. Water based cleaning products may create water stains. Follow the usage direction for such products and make sure that the area you are cleaning in is well ventilated. Avoid products that contain carbon tetrachloride, which is highly toxic. Always test the cleaning product on an inconspicuous area before proceeding. If the upholstery fabric requires more extensive cleaning, we recommend calling in professional upholstery cleaners.
How to Store Your Eames Fabrics
If you are going to store your Eames upholstery fabrics for any period of time, be sure to have them properly laundered first to prevent dust, soil and stains from attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing fabrics in attics, basements and other places that tend to be vulnerable to mold, mildew and insects and other threats. The best storage location is a cool, dry room. If using a closet, make sure there is sufficient air circulation to prevent mold growth. Always store your fabrics out of direct sunlight.
Your Eames fabrics can be stored in bags of linen, cotton or muslin. Do not use plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes for storage. Fumes from polyurethane foam, cedar closets and acids in unvarnished wood and cardboard can damage your upholstery fabrics. Acid free tissue paper can also be employed in the storage of your upholstery fabrics.
If possible, store your upholstery fabrics on a roll rather than folded to prevent difficult to remove creases from forming. If folding the fabric is your only option, try to remove the fabric and refold it regularly to prevent permanent creasing.