Architecture

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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