Charles & Ray Eames


Charles Eames (1907–1978) and Bernice Ray Eames (1912–1988) were couple, American designers who made a huge contribution to the current form of the modern concept of architecture and home design. The Eames couple significantly influenced the understanding of contemporary design with their architectural, as well as painting, filmmaking and other artistic achievements.

Charles Eames set up his own architectural office in the early 1930s. But he began experimenting and expanding his portfolio with more than just architecture. At the time, he was married to his first wife, Catherine Woermann. In 1941 they divorced.

In the same year, Charles was waiting for a design furniture competition for the Museum of Modern Art. On this occasion, he met Ray Kaiser, who soon became Eams. The competition not only earned him a life partner, but also the first two prizes for the furniture he created by bending plywood.

After relocating to California, Ray and Charles Eams continued to construct bent plywood furniture. They focused mainly on three-dimensional bending of wood and the possibilities of furniture production. During this period, they created one of the most famous chairs from the Plywood collection.

The Eams couple's portfolio of designs counts lot of icons. Including the Eames Lounge collection, or an extensive range of Eames Chairs from the 1940s. The most famous representative of the collection is considered to be a white chair with a wooden base – the Eames DSW.

In addition to chairs and armchairs, they also designed a more playful place to sit, the famous Eames Elephant. Animals inspired also the design of another icons, such as the Eames House Bird or Eames House Whale.

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