Leather Bikini: An Eames Revolution


Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover c.1950, Ray and Charles Eames and production by Herman Miller (photo: https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/seating/chairs/early-eames-dkw-2-leather-bikini-cover/id-f_10565913/)

A few weeks ago, I was faced with the challenge of preparing a presentation on the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. Since then, the couple have moved permanently into the dusty attic room I call my brain. Up until now, I had been trying, and failing, to keep my personal interest in chairs separate from things I learn at university in hope of retaining some of that pure curiosity before I learn facts about objects and their designers. I take great enjoyment in not knowing things. The past few weeks have proved that this is a very counterproductive approach.

This is why this week I present DKW-2 by the Eameses. Ray and Charles seemed like one of those couples made up of two people that are annoyingly great together. They both possessed the per