Friday, February 7, 2014

Aiming for Eames

I'm trying my hand at making a mini Eames styled shelving unit.  Here's what I came up with.

I made the unit out of brass angles, brass tubing, laminate samples and bass wood.  The drawers aren't quite even, but I'm working on getting better at that.  This one won't be for sale because there is glue that I couldn't remove on the laminate panels...besides that I really like it!

The sofa is Kaleidoscope house, the lounge chair and ottoman are Reac, the plant in the corner is from my swap with Mandy at Mini Modern Mind. The rug is an Eames dot pattern fabric sample from The Shade Store (free!), the art is a Matisse post card, the coffee table, lamp, drift wood sculpture and shelving unit are by me.

This is a picture of the real Eames shelving units.  You can get them in many different configurations and color combinations.  The metal in the real thing is steel, but I could't find any small scale angled pieces in a silver color. I made another one in a black, white grey color way. I will probably make more, but it won't be for awhile because the angles are difficult to procure since the company doesn't make them any more and the fact that it was a real pain in the butt to make!


  1. Loving the vibe of this scene. It's a really nice mix of colours. Congrats on the Eames shelving units! They do look very labour intensive but so worth it! I find it hard to sometime get the scale right with those Reac recliners and my other 1:12 furniture, but it blends together so well in your scene. Makes me want to try again.

  2. Your Eames shelves look fantastic. In fact, the whole room scene looks beautiful. I've said it before, but if I saw pictures of your rooms and no one told me they were mini, I wouldn't know.

  3. Love the shelving units!!! Full of awe and admiration for your skills and talent.

  4. The room has a great feel to it and I love the shelving unit. I would not have noticed the drawers, if you did not mention it. Beautiful work putting this room together. Very creative use of the fabric sample and postcard :-)

  5. A room that I'd love to chill in! Every detail works so beautifully together and your furniture making scales are top notch!

  6. You've done a fab job with the Eames shelves. I love the laminate you've chosen. The whole scene looks perfect =0)

  7. Very well done - it does look like a real Eames piece! Love it.

  8. Love the color and material choices in the shelving (and the whole room). I'm sure Charles and Ray are smiling.

  9. Hi! would you be willing to make and sell one of those units now-a-days, and if so, how much?

    1. Hi, Yes! I would definitely make more.