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The Icon: Charles Eames

Designers have gotten a lot more hip in the past few years, and along with the newfound cachet, we’ve seen a resurgence in the kind of minimalist style that rules most design firms with an iron fist. So for this week’s icon, we thought we’d turn the spotlight on one of the men who made the style—and, incidentally, one of the best American designers of the 20th century. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Charles Eames…

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The Video: The Pirelli Calendar gets a making-of video. We’re holding out for the Blu-Ray. [Hypebeast]

The Two Sides of L.A.: Ice Cube is apparently a well-read Eames aficionado, and has dabbled as an architect. He contains multitudes, is the point. [NYTimes]

Have a Tip-Top Tet: An etiquette guide to genteel, inoffensive holiday greetings. Good paper in your holiday card will get you out of a lot. [MIEN]

Handle With Care

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Carrying things on a bike can be dicey at times—we’re usually more focused on not getting run over—but it’s nothing some clever design can’t fix. This Eames-y bike rack holds a six pack just about perfectly. It maxes out at 12 cans, but that’s why you’ve got friends. According to the site, it can also be used to carry things other than beer…but that’s where they lose us.

The Credenza Strikes Back

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Believe it or not, there’s still a lot of early 60s staples that have yet to make the retro jump. Our pick for the next candidate is the credenza, a staple of old school interior décor that’s completely dropped off the map in recent decades, but the *Mad Men* set dressers clearly haven't forgotten. By our lights, it’s due for a revival, but only time will tell.

If you happen to be in the Second City, you can pick up this Herman Miller version (circa 1955) for around five grand at Chicago’s Wright Design Auction on October 7th, along with a few Eames chairs and an embarrassment of interior design riches.

But if you want to stick with your coffee table, we understand.