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Charles and Ray Eames

Eames was born in St. Louis, in 1907. Besides architect, he was also a designer and a film director. Together with his wife Ray, he was responsible for many classic designs from the 20th century.

Eames started his career in a steel factory where he gained a lot of experience in the field of architecture. He put forward that he learned more about Frank Lloyd Wright’s style, but the professors of the steal factory were not interested in what he had to say.
Charles’ heart, however, went out to architecture, so he tried a different approach. Together with Eero Saarinen,  Eames plunged himself into furniture design at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, where he met his fellow-student and future wife Ray Kaiser. Ray, born in Sacramento in 1912, had a passion for art and painting. She fell in love with Eames instantly. The couple married in 1941 and appeared to be a dream couple: Charles, the businessman and technician and Ray the artist. Charles and Ray Eames were very interested in new techniques, what made them experiment a lot.

Eames DAR, Eames DAW, Eames DSW and Eames DSW

The well-known plywood chairs he made with Eero Saarinen, in which moulding plywood occupied the centre stage at Cranbrook, are an example of this. After this, the plastic armchairs, such as the DAR (Dining Armchair Rodbase) and DAW (Dining Armchair Wood), followed. The DSR (Dining Sidechair Rodbase) and the DSW (Dining Sidechair Wood) are also well-known classics designed by the Charleses. As well as the celebrated Lounge Chair, made by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956.

Eames Aluminium Group

Ray and Eames combined the possibilities to make the Lounge Chair by using plywood and hardwood. The Aluminium Group was founded at a later stage, in which new materials such as aluminium was used. The well-known EA Chairs are a result of this. Many versions were made of the EA series, such as the EA 117, EA 119, and the EA 219, which are still commonly found in offices.

It can be concluded that Ray and Eames played a very important role in making out-of-the-box designs. This is why classic designs are still in great demand by a large audience.