In 1951, while on tour of the Eames office, New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg picked up a brush and painted a naked woman on an Eames fiberglass arm chair.
Steinberg, in effect, hacked the Eames chair, turning chair into art and cooling out the iconic look; he also broke a taboo against making any changes to an artists work. We LOVE breaking taboos; finding examples fortifies us to ferret out our own. Steinberg is a great inspiration. Dig this bathtub:
…and this fab upholstered chair:
We feel like a dangerous little kid who REALLY wants to draw on something….
And apologies for the lack of photo credits…haven’t figured out how to do that yet on this iPad…
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