Charles & Ray Eames
The Charles & Ray Eames Story
Considered eccentric by some, Charles and Ray Eames were nothing short of extraordinary creatives, having influenced numerous aspects of the design world from film to architecture and furniture. Known for their work with fiberglass and molded plastics, the two introduced the famous Lounge Chair and Ottoman in 1956, pieces that are still considered to be icons by many of today's designers. Charles' penchant for structure and dimension brought Ray's eye for texture, shape and detail to life. Indeed, these are two designers that broke from the pack--and will continue to lead well into the next century.
Why We Love Charles & Ray Eames
Ray was an abstract painter, Charles a meticulous architect. Their fortuitous partnership began when Ray traveled to New York to assist Charles on a project for the Museum of Modern Art, which lead to their marriage in 1941. Setting up shop in Venice, California, the two made design history with their modern furniture line for Herman Miller using wartime technology and new materials. Though Charles and Ray passed away in 1978 and 1988 (respectively), their unique yet practical approach to design continues to be admired the world over.
Noteworthy Products by Charles & Ray Eames
La Chaise, a silky-looking sculptural chair from Vitra, showcases Charles and Ray Eames' ability to capture movement and modernity in one comfy piece. And one of the most iconic pieces from the duo is the Eames Lounge Chair - a classic mid-century modern design first introduced in 1956. The lounge chair is still a favorite today.
In Their Own Words
"Design is the appropriate combination of materials in order to solve a problem." - Charles Eames