Charles and Ray Eames

Two of the most influential designers of the 20th century, Charles and Ray Eames were involved in a whole spectrum of design related investigation.

It's amazing to think that Charles Eames may have been kicked out of Washington University for being "too modern". Of course that's the same quality for which his life is celebrated.

Bernice Alexandra "Ray" Kaiser (1912-1988) met Charles Eames (1907-1978) while studying at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. They married in 1941. As a filmmaker, artist and designer Ray was oriented towards her interest in the abstract qualities of ordinary items. Their shared talent enabled success in a number of experimental projects.

One landmark project was the Case Study House for Art & Architecture Magazine. The home was designed by the couple for their own use in California. The bold, minimal design with Mondrian-style colour accents was considered to be the most successful output of the Case Study series.

In furniture the Eames duo designed using organic, sculptural forms and offered pieces with integrity. With George Nelson, backed by Herman Miller, they popularised the modern movement in the United States.

"THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN."
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