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What is Design? The following statement by Charles is an expression of his approach to the design process. These words, the accompanying diagram (p. 13), and his answers to the questions (pp. 14 -15) are an explanation of the Eames philosophy and background material for this record of the work of the Eames Office.

In a statement sent to Madame L. Amie for the catalog of the exhibition What Is Design, Charles wrote: In the exhibit, we are trying to show something about a decision that the designer must make when he starts to work for a client. We have found it a very helpful strategy to restrict our own work to subjects that are of genuine and immediate interest to us? and are of equal interest to the client.

If we were to work on things or in ways that we knew were not of legitimate concern to both of us, we probably would not be serving our clients, or ourselves, very well. Throughout the work for the various clients, the unifying force is this common interest, plus a preoccupation with structure which comes from looking at all problems as architect oral ones. The enclosed diagram also includes a critical and changing area that represents the concerns of society as a whole. None of these areas is static. As client and designer get to know each other, they influence each other. As society's needs become more apparent, both client and designer expand their own personal concerns to meet these needs.


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