Giveaway> Pacific Standard Time’s Ice Cube + Eames Poster

National, West
Thursday, January 12, 2012
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Update: The giveaway contest has ended and we’re pleased to congratulate AN reader and commenter Lori for winning the poster!

At the end of last year, a video of the rapper Ice Cube waxing poetic about the Eames (“They was doing mash-ups before mash-ups even existed.”) made the internet rounds, warming the hearts of nerdy architects and designers everywhere. The homage was part of the high-octane promotion of Pacific Standard Time (PST), a series of exhibits and events in L.A. celebrating that city’s art and design from the years between 1945 and 1980. Promo materials also included a limited run series of posters featuring Ice Cube and other celebs.

Well, AN readers, your response to our previous blog posts on Mr. Cube was so enthusiastic that our friends from the PST team sent us the above hand-numbered poster (36 inches by 24 inches) to give to you! It’s in the office right now waiting to be shipped.

For a chance to win it, simply leave a comment below with a note about why you’re crazy about the Eames. We’ll randomly select a name from the commentors on Monday at noon (PST, natch) and contact the lucky winner via email.

Pacific Standard Time runs through April. Visit the PST site to see their line-up of programming, including the Performance and Public Art Festival January 19-29.

32 Responses to “Giveaway> Pacific Standard Time’s Ice Cube + Eames Poster”

  1. Ali says:

    I stumbled accross the Eameses at a time when I was thinking that design and architecture seemed like something I might like to pursue and then there was a kick ass female designer. That was it! Here I am many years later.

  2. deirdre says:

    I love the simple, fun aesthetic, that’s both very evocative of a distinct time period and incredibly versatile. I also love the idea that their work came out of an incredible marriage and partnership!

  3. Mark says:

    Charles and Ray Eames transformed American post-war design culture. I like them because of their combined unique vision.

  4. Cale says:

    I loved Charles and Ray Eames before I knew who they were. I discovered 2 unsalvageable wire chairs in the basement of the house I moved into at age 12. Not until 7 years later in the library at architecture school, when I found a whole book of their work, did I figure out who was responsible those chairs. I fell in love with their work and their process right then and their. It’s still hard to imagine how fresh their thinking was then, and how well it’s stood up over time.

  5. George says:

    My introduction to the Eames’ was way back in architecture school (yeah, in the 70′s!!!) when I first saw their film, Powers of Ten. Years later I forced my then teenage daughter to go to an Eames retrospective exhibit and she got hooked. Just last year, I finally broke down and spent the money on the Eames recliner where I will likely live out my declining years watching Twilight Zone reruns.

  6. nitin says:

    A team who aptly lived and personified what an “architect” can achieve. They shall be remembered as multi-faceted professionals who smartly and stylistically turned every artistic opportunity into a cultural, technical, functional and social asset.

  7. Patrick says:

    They deserve plenty of accolades, but I think the best that can be said is that the Eames exist in that rarefied air of designers whose work has stood the test of time. A half a century later, their portfolio of work stands at least toe to toe with contemporary designers – and likely served as inspiration for much of the modern work (the good stuff anyhow).

  8. Jen silbert says:

    I love that they also made a Christmas tree out of bent plywood. The curves and form was perfect for everything.

  9. Brian Titus says:

    Since my first visit to the dentist office and sitting in a Eames chair that was scaled just for a kid, I’ve been hooked! A love affair started in a cool, hip, well designed dentist office that has stayed with me ever since!

  10. Jamie Silvestro says:

    I listened to my first Ice Cube track, Wicked, in the 7th grade on my bike ride to middle school. I sat in my first Eames chair the summer after graduating from architecture school. Both equally transformational moments in my life!

  11. Bridget says:

    Who wouldn’t love a team that designed a chair that looks soooo styleee and at home in a “High End” setting but, can also elevate the “Man Cave” yet, not alienate the man. They also did it way before “Man Cave” was even a term. As a female Designer if given the task a designing a “Man Cave” the Eames Lounge would be the first thing on my furniture schedule.

  12. Eames says:

    Eames knows comfort and business..

  13. Kevin says:

    Because 50 years later, their products are more popular than ever. They had a vision and really were pioneers in making furniture “fun.” They built an American legacy that will likely stick forever and their products appeal to all ages and all walks of life.

  14. Dean says:

    The Eames and their office to me defined not just the period of mid-century design and architecture but something much greater. The Eames embodied a method for Working, Playing, and Learning that is so specific and clearly linked to the west cost. This lifestyle continues to inspire today. Cube brings the vibe in the classic “It Was A Good Day”.

  15. Lori says:

    My grandparents collected mid-century furniture, and I loved the Eames before I had any idea what design was. Now that I know, I so appreciate that early introduction to clean, functional beauty.

  16. Ryan says:

    three words: Powers of Ten

  17. Tyler Silvestro says:

    I knew very little about the Eames’ effect on modern furniture design before seeing the film, “The Architect and the Painter.” Chairs make sense now. And to see the only thing I associated with Los Angeles up to the age of 13 relaxing in one is almost too good.

  18. Dana says:

    I am a huge Eames fan. I was born in an Eames lounge chair, and since I am black I am more likely to actually have the poster promptly framed and hang it up in my home. :)

  19. monica tiulescu says:

    I like Dana’s comment!

  20. Earl says:

    The Eames were endlessly curious about the world around them, and never stood still for a moment. They were, and remain, proof that there is no limit to human creativity and the beauty it can bring to the world.

  21. Jenny says:

    I love the accessibility of the Eames’ designs. Their later films and exhibitions are further extensions of the structured, concise, and playful designs of their furniture. They were prolific but never lost their sense of good design.

  22. Bernard says:

    One of my first assignments at USC CE Building Science program under the tutelage of the late Pierre Koenig was to review and recreate a small scale model of one of the CASE STUDY homes… and it was then in 1993 where i was introduced to number 8 which of course is by Eames and “it was a good day” single by cube. I love cube’s architectural theory with a gangsta twist. Bumpin’ cube while makin’ my eames model…ahhh those where the days and this poster brings me back

  23. Abigail says:

    The Card houses I used to build as a kid with the Eames’ cards were like Ice Cube in that chair-Perfectly but precariously balanced.

  24. PH says:

    The delicately shorn curve of Ice Cube’s afro matches the curves of the Eames seat while the ferocity of his lyrics in the late 1980s provided a daring counterpoint to Eames’ clean modernist lines. Afro-Modern? Rap Modern? Hip Hop international? Gangstatecture? I love it.

  25. Thomas says:

    I love Eames for his ideas, that one can apply to any form of art/design.

  26. Jku says:

    The Eameses were innovators, collaborators, and design-thinkers ahead of their time. I became a designer largely because of how much their work inspired me. Their passion for design is still infectious.

  27. Maura says:

    I didn’t think it was possible to combine my love of American design history and early 90s West Coast rap, but the Getty came through! The image of Ice Cube with the Eames bird on his shoulder is THE BEST!

  28. Kurt Neiswender says:

    Power of Ten. Say no more !

    Design Research Lab before there was such a thing!

  29. Anthony says:

    Why do I love the Eames? Everything they’ve done has influenced design everywhere (in one way or the other) even if people dont realize it. All of the furniture they designed is timeless… it appears/looks new today as it did when came out years ago which is what every designer strives for: longevity.

  30. kolby says:

    the eames are true innovators i remember watching powers of ten as a kid and wondering why my teachers couldnt explain maths concepts so well and make it so interesting i have been like ten!

  31. Per Holsteen Larsen says:

    I’m from Denmark, so I seriously need som American design influence for my walls. Please secure thath I don’t become too become to content with Scandinavian design!!!

  32. Rick says:

    Being very impressed by the ice cube celebrates eames poster I found out the oppertunity to win one has expired. I do hope you can help me collecting an ice cube poster.

    Yours sincerly

    Rick Metz
    Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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