In this act of remembering, artisans also work to rehumanize the future, reminding us that it doesn’t have to be a place divorced from the past or the traditions that created it. Indeed, advances in technology are allowing us to recreate iconic designs as they were originally intended. The Eames Fibreglass Collection by Vitra is one such success story.
One of the very first materials used by design darlings, Charles & Ray Eames, Fibreglass is created by heating up molten glass to incredibly high temperatures, then allowing it to cool and solidify in the form of fine threads. Unfortunately, this process proved too costly and inefficient during the mid-century, and the finish was abandoned. Fast-forward 70 years and Vitra has found a way to make the process viable, allowing us the opportunity to fall in love all over again.