Charles & Ray Eames

United States
C 1907 - 1978 / R 1912 - 1988
Charles & Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames were a highly influential husband-and-wife design team who made significant contributions to the fields of architecture, furniture design, industrial design, and filmmaking.
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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 and together played a pivotal role in shaping the modern design landscape.

The couple is best known for their iconic furniture designs for Herman Miller, particularly the 1956 Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman (Model 670 and 671), which has become a symbol of mid-century modern design. They embraced new materials and technologies, such as molded plywood and fiberglass, to create innovative and functional furniture pieces that were both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.

In addition to their work in furniture design, Charles and Ray Eames made significant contributions to architecture. They were involved in the design of the Case Study Houses, a post-World War II residential design program aimed at creating affordable and innovative housing. Their own home, the Eames House in Los Angeles, is a prime example of their modernist design principles and serves as a testament to their creativity and vision.

The Eameses were also pioneers in the field of industrial design, creating a wide range of products, including toys and office furniture. Their interest in film led them to produce numerous short films, including the famous "Powers of Ten," a groundbreaking exploration of scale that remains influential in science and design education.

Charles and Ray Eames left an enduring legacy, not only through their designs but also through their approach to interdisciplinary collaboration and the belief that good design should be accessible to the masses. Their work continues to inspire designers, architects, and creative minds around the world, and their impact on 20th-century design is immeasurable.

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/ Case Study House no.8, photographed by Julius Shulman, 1958

Charles & Ray Eames

The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead.