Eames and the absurdity of assumed public taste

“He [Eames] never wor­ried much (as many design­ers do) about ‘what the pub­lic wants,’ or ‘what the pub­lic will accept,’ because he had a pro­found belief in the pub­lic, and the con­vic­tion that if they didn’t want or wouldn’t accept the fur­ni­ture which he was design­ing for their use, the fault lay in his designs, not in the pub­lic. He knew very well the absur­di­ty of try­ing to design to an assumed pub­lic taste.”


From a 1946 profile of Charles Eames, Via Brainpickings