Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames House

22 Jan , 2012  

O’Shea Jackson, bet­ter known as rap­per Ice Cube, who star­ted his career with gang­sta rap group NWA and col­lab­or­ated with Dr Dre and Public Enemy, takes a quick tour around the archi­tec­tural whim­seys of South LA and an insight­ful look at the Eames House in the Pacific Palisades. I liked what Mr Cube has to say and I would love to see him do more of these. The video was made for Pacific Standard Time.

Ice Cube in The New York Times

Pacific Standard Time Poster
A rare 1953 DAT-1 chair supports Ice Cube in a remake of a photo of Charles Eames doing pretty much the same 50 years before.

What do you like about the Eameses’ work?

I had learned about them when I was study­ing archi­tec­tural draft­ing. Back then, I didn’t know I was going to make money. So being that they put together a house in two days and used dis­carded mater­i­als — some­thing about their style caught on.

As I got older, I could equate it to sampling. I see that’s what we were doing, tak­ing dis­carded records from the ’60s and ’70s and revamp­ing them.

In the video, you seem right at home in the Eames House.

If you were an artist, which I am, this seems like the house that you want to be in. It reminded me of some­thing that defined the style. In Los Angeles, you see a lot of McMansions, where the house takes all the land. Here, it seemed they built this thing inside of a park. It kept the serene, quaint feel. Anybody could go there and col­lect their thoughts.

Read the whole article: Ice Cube Is in the House! By Steven Kurutz

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