If you know a baby you need to indoctrinate with your love of design, do I have the book for you. Julie Merberg’s (of Art from the Start fame) latest book Baby’s First Eames: the ABCs of Modern Architecture and Design, is an an absolute delight. She paired up with illustrator Aki to create quite possibly the best baby gift I’ve run across.
When the illustrations are as smart and winsome as in this book, the words can, sadly, be an afterthought to the design. Not so in this book. The rhymes are truly child-friendly, and it’s just as fun for the adult to read as for the baby to hear.
My favorite spread F is for Frank – Frank Lloyd Write is one of my favorite designers and the Disney Music Hall (by Frank Gehry) graces my home city (and was always a sign that I was close to my favorite breakfast joint).
Throughout the book, Merberg also covers art deco, the tulip chair, I.M. Pei, the Sydney Opera House, and of course, Eames – just to name a few of my personal favorites.
You’ll also get a kick out of how she approached XY and Z, the most infamous letters of any ABC book.
When I first ran across this book I about died and I hope you do to. Well, not really. You know what I mean.