A common theme in almost any photo of Charles and Ray Eames’ house was their familiar black bird. The Eames House Bird as it is now referred was not in fact an Eames design at all, it was rather one of their favourite pieces of collected art.
The bird is commonly thought to be a crow or raven created by artisan, Charles Perdew during the early 1900s. Perdew made a living by hand carving wooden bird decoys. He created birds in many variations which reflected the local fauna along the Illinois River.
How the Eameses came upon it is unknown. A gift? A found item? Or perhaps simply purchased during their travels prior to it’s many photographic appearances in the 1950s. Today Vitra have reissued the Eames house bird using 3D scanning technology to create an alder wood reproduction. This iconic piece of American folk art is now manufactured in Germany.