design & inspiration today: studio

Inspiration comes from many places - 'Studio' is the perfect name for an incubator of creativity and thoughtful creations.

Two iconic & great idea factories share the title of Studio - influencing ideas, crafts & our lives today.

Robert Morris ushered in the Arts & Crafts movement - 'The Studio' was a magazine that shared inspiring stories of the time.

Ray & Charles Eames Studio at 901 Washington Blvd, Venice Beach in Los Angeles created a dynamic place for fresh thinking - creating what we know today as "mid-century modern"

So, when asked why I use the term "Studio" -- now you know!

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The Studio: An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art
black and white engraved magazine cover
Cover by Aubrey Beardsley for the first issue of The Studio
CategoriesFine artsdecorative arts
  • Offices of The Studio
  • "The Studio" Ltd.
FounderCharles Holme
Year founded1893
First issueApril 1893
Final issue
May 1964
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

Poster by Léon-Victor Solonadvertising The Studio.
The Studio: An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art was an illustrated fine arts and decorative arts magazine published in London from 1893 until 1964. The founder and first editor was Charles Holme. The magazine exerted a major influence on the development of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements.[1]:15 It was absorbed into Studio Internationalmagazine in 1964.


The Studio was founded by Charles Holme in 1893.[2]:145 Holme was in the wool and silk trades, had travelled extensively in Europe and had visited Japan and the United States with Lasenby Liberty and his wife Emma.[2]:145 During his travels,[3][4]
... the idea of an art magazine crystallised around his recurring observation that the chief barrier between countries was language, and his belief that the more the culture of one part of the world could be brought "visually" to the attention of another, the greater the chance of international understanding and peace.
Holme retired from trade in order to start The Studio.[2]:145


The first edition was published in April 1893 with Joseph Gleeson White as editor.[5][6] In 1895 Holme took over as editor himself, although Gleeson White continued to contribute. Holme retired as editor in 1919 for reasons of health, and was succeeded by his son Charles Geoffrey Holme, who was already the editor of special numbers and year-books of the magazine.[7]
In keeping with Holme's original concept, the magazine was international in scope. It promoted the work of "New Art" artists, designers and architects—it played a major part in introducing the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Charles Voysey to a wide audience—and it was especially influential in Europe.[8]:9
In 1894 and then from 1896 on, special numbers of the magazine were also published, normally three times a year. These carried various titles; 117 of them were issued between 1894 and 1940.[9]
From 1906 onwards The Studio published an annual, The Studio Year-Book of Decorative Art, which dealt with architecture, interior design and design of furniture, lighting, glassware, textiles, metalwork and ceramics. These annuals promoted Modernism in the 1920s, and later the Good Design movement.[8]:9
The last edition was published in May 1964 after which the magazine was absorbed into Studio International.

French and American editions[edit]

A French edition was published in Paris, differing from the English one only in that the spine and parts of the cover were printed in French, and there was an insert consisting of a French translation of the article text and some French advertisements.
The American edition was titled The International Studio. It had its own editorial staff, and the content was different from that of the English edition, although many articles from that were reprinted. It was published in New York by John Lane & Company from May 1897 until 1921, and by International Studio, Inc., from 1922 until publication ceased in 1931.



Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers of the 20th century.
The Eameses are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic arts.
Charles Eames was born in 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended school there and developed an interest in engineering and architecture. After attending Washington University in St. Louis on scholarship for two years and being thrown out for his advocacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, he began working in an architectural office. In 1929, he married his first wife, Catherine Woermann (they divorced in 1941), and a year later Charles’s only child, Lucia was born. In 1930, Charles started his own architectural office. He began extending his design ideas beyond architecture and received a fellowship to Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, where he eventually became head of the design department.
Ray Kaiser Eames was born in 1912 in Sacramento, California. She studied painting with Hans Hofmann in New York before moving on to Cranbrook Academy where she met and assisted Charles and Eero Saarinen in preparing designs for the Museum of Modern Art’s Organic Furniture Competition. Charles and Eero’s designs, created by molding plywood into complex curves, won them the two first prizes.
Charles and Ray married in 1941 and moved to California where they continued their furniture design work with molding plywood. During World War II they were commissioned by the United States Navy to produce molded plywood splints, stretchers, and experimental glider shells.  In 1946, Evans Products began producing the Eameses’ molded plywood furniture. Their molded plywood chair was called “the chair of the century” by the influential architectural critic Esther McCoy. Soon production was taken over by Herman Miller, Inc., who continues to produce the furniture in the United States today. Our other partner, Vitra Internationalmanufactures the furniture in Europe.
In 1949, Charles and Ray designed and built their own home in Pacific Palisades, California, as part of the Case Study House Program sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine. Their design and innovative use of materials made the House a mecca for architects and designers from both near and far. Today, it is considered one of the most important post-war residences anywhere in the world.


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