To celebrate the launch of the Eames Special Collection 2023, a selection of iconic Charles and Ray Eames pieces produced in new finishes, fabrics and colours by Vitra and the Eames Office, we’re stepping into the homes of three creatives to explore how Vitra’s classic designs seamlessly integrate into a diverse range of spaces and styles.
Discover how residences with styles spanning quiet minimalism to vibrant colour commitment infuse the renowned Vitra and Eames aesthetic into their own one-of-a- kind design perspectives.
Let the sun shine
Consultant and Creative Director Natasha Landers doesn’t play by the rules. Filling her Victorian home with a mix of antiques and carefully chosen classic pieces of design, she loves to experiment, explaining, ‘Your home should reflect who you are. I’m a renegade – I want to do things differently!’
Slowly building up her interiors over – so far – 23 years, Natasha’s patient, step-by-step approach has triumphed. ‘I'm meticulous about the details, I want to make sure I get what I want,’ she explains. ‘Don't let anyone tell you what's right or wrong in terms of your home and your interior. It is all about what feels comfortable to you!' Filled with beams of sunshine yellow at every turn, from the rubber kitchen floor and artworks on the wall to shapely furniture and objects, her home is an ode to happiness, elevated by iconic Vitra design.
The kitchen is a room of surprises. Upon entering, the eyes can do nothing but be drawn downwards to an unexpected ocean of yellowness – then a set of delicate 2020 Moca Chairs and the minimalist outline of the 2018 Plate Dining Table, both by Jasper Morrison, come into focus, striking a vivid contrast against the powerful pigment. The lightness of the slimline frames turns the furniture into silhouettes against the glowing floor.
Investigate the space a little more, and more unexpectedness comes forward – vintage and mid-century pieces that live in harmony with the hyper modern. George Nelson’s 1957-designed Turbine Clock compliments a 1950s-ish sideboard, the warm-toned duo seamlessly folding into the surrounding canary hues and contemporary forms to effuse positivity alongside them.
Verner Panton’s unmistakable Heart Cone Chair creates curvilinear beams of joy in a reading nook, its smooth yellow fabric contrasted by the rough raw brick wall it’s set against. Its 1959-designed abstract heart is both an artwork as well as somewhere cosy to curl: its age-proof enveloping form wrapping around the sitter while its zesty upholstery radiates energy. Contemporary colouring harmonises seamlessly with the floor, creating the playful illusion that the chair has erupted from below, while smaller yellow pieces in the space carry the cheerful, vibrant theme forward.
The effervescent tone of Jasper Morrison’s 2021 Hal Lounge Chair & Ottoman give purpose and spirit to an otherwise empty corner. Standing proudly on a timber floor, its black legs nod to the kitchen palette while the fresh white wall and abstract painted design make this a unique spot to put your legs up in.
Combining kaleidoscopic colour with Vitra pieces from any era as well as vintage furniture finds, Natasha's home stands as a tribute to the enduring and distinctive essence found in every true design legend.
A soothing sanctuary
Life inside Architect Ben Ridley’s Edwardian home is irresistibly calming. Transforming his 1907-build to run off low-energy consumption, Ben made the space both beautiful and sustainable by focusing on clever, wide-spread insulation and decorating only with long-lasting, high-quality, natural materials.
Local stone, timber, cork, leather and cotton create comfort - the furniture echoing the organic feel of the walls and the home’s overall earthy shades. ‘A limited material palette, furniture included, helps to create a calmer environment and pure materials, carefully chosen finishes and daylight create atmosphere,’ Ben explains. ‘At home I like things to be clean and minimal, a calm shelter to come back to after a busy day.’
Using only furniture created to last generations rather than seasons, Ben finished every room with Vitra designs to support the eco nature of the project, explaining, ‘I like good quality furniture that lasts a long time and that fits with the sustainable idea that you buy things once rather than replacing them regularly.’
Brimming with texture, the neutral, natural palette pulls the space outdoors and the home oozes zen. A careful selection of just-the-right-amount of furniture maintains mindful minimalism, each Vitra design promising enduring elegance and durability for the decades ahead.
Immersed in the palette of nature, the only non-neutral shade in the home is the flash of green provided by the plant life and one exclusive piece: the 2023 Special Edition of Charles & Ray Eames’s 1956 Lounge Chair & Ottoman. Reimagining the unparalleled furniture icon in a luxurious dark green Kvadrat velour corduroy, the rich tone – and the piece’s singular wooden shell – pay homage to the natural world while also accentuating the chair's legendary comfort factor. Add in swaying banana leaves, the curves of the 1960-designed Model C Stool (also by the Eames’), an alluring tactile wall, and sunlight galore, and you have a timeless and tranquil spot to recline in.
Continuing the theme of warmth and cosiness, Antonio Citterio’s 2011 Grand Repos Chair creates a private alcove with its wrap-around wings near the fireplace. Ruled over by greys and smatterings of black, it’s the texture of the room’s stone surfaces, thick rug, grainy timber and tactile upholstery which imbues this area with softness while maintaining a pared back and peaceful feel.
Ben’s home is covered in swathes of timber, from the beamed ceiling to the modern cladding on the walls, to the furniture; none so impactful as in the dining room. The space’s pale tones give way to expansive floor-to-ceiling windows which invite the garden inside to act as a glorious feature wall. Jean Prouvé’s 1934-designed Chaise Tout Bois Chairs, along with his EM Table from 1950, gather to appreciate the view as well as connect indoors with out, the utter simplicity of shape, colour and material soothing the soul while resonating with Ben’s eco-conscious lifestyle.
In the living area, texture is delivered in earnest by the rugged cover of Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby’s 2014 Mariposa Sofa, its soft mushroomy hue given an edge in heavy, tactile fabric. The sofa and upholstered pieces tie into the putty-toned textured wall finish, the running grain of the room’s timbers and the subtle colour variation on Jasper Morrison’s 2004 cork stools, which are casually dotted about. The result? A sense of harmony, a palette that bathes the senses, an enveloping sense of snugness, and a refined, minimal approach to nature-inspired design, all enhanced by Vitra pieces that pay homage to nature and sustainable longevity.
Interior Designer Irenie Cossey artfully juxtaposes a mix of furniture icons, personal mementoes and contemporary design in her Victorian townhouse. Irenie’s home is a collection of memories represented through meaningful items, which turn rooms into deeply personal, thought-provoking spaces. ‘I have this obsession with collecting objects,’ she explains. ‘I think I’m trying to unconsciously frame individual moments and freeze things in time. When I curate spaces, it's all about connections and layers.’
Examine each room and there are delights to be found in all places and spaces. An Isamu Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture here. A Konstantin Grcic Locker Box there. Trinkets and beloved pieces are sprinkled throughout every room, narrating the family’s style and story. ‘My house is in constant shift. We change, spaces change and we need to adapt to that,’ Irenie says. ‘My home is a platform to test ideas, but there’s always a constant of old and new, found and revived.’
Each room is a calming cabinet of curiosities, filled with objects waiting to be discovered, interacted with, and talked about. Such an eclectic compilation, from coveted sofas and lighting to beloved decorative items, enables vintage, mid-century modern and contemporary elements to harmonise, forming a laid-back, easy atmosphere encouraging relaxation and comfort. It's a home where design greats converge, creating a welcoming and warm ambiance while casting a timeless spell over the entire house.
The home is full of decorative vignettes large and small waiting to be admired and inspected, with its limited colours and sleek shapes maintaining a sense of order, balance and calm.
In the dining room, orange and lemon 1950-designed Eames DSW Chairs by Charles & Ray Eames dance merrily around, overlooked by a cheerful modern artwork and a sideboard topped with a curated assortment of Irenie’s treasures.
Part of the 2023 Eames Special Collection, the fresh, peachy-pink hue on Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen's 1940-designed Organic Conference Chair exudes a gentle, approachable feel which complements Irenie’s easy-going aesthetic. The delicate tone pares with the soft palette of the home, accentuating the chair's natural curves, and inviting guests to sit down, stay a while, and explore.
Lending the low-slung 2016 Jasper Morrison Soft Modular Sofa its 76-year-old geometrics, the Eames Wool Blanket’s inimitable dot pattern’s new-for-2023 bordeaux colouring brings warmth – with its rich shade and merino wool – as well as a rare patch of pattern to the pale-and-pops-of-pink palette in Irenie’s living room.
Adding more fun and intrigue to the house are the much-celebrated Eames animals: the plywood Eames Elephant from 1946, which for 2023 has a smart new dark green coat, and the 1916-made Eames House Bird, which now comes in two special edition stained wood hues: pale rose and dark green. Spread through Irenie’s home, the animals in their updated tones draw the eye, their distinctive contours effortlessly capturing attention and linking to organic forms across the surrounding mid-century modern, contemporary and global pieces, and the interplay of shade and shape across the keepsake collection.
That pieces from Vitra’s Eames Special Collection 2023 can so easily find places in Irenie's home is a testament to the enduring relevance of exemplary design. The contemporary updates of these forever-young furniture classics coexist effortlessly with the house’s diversity, enhancing the house's past-meets-present aesthetic with another layer of enchantment.