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Charles Ormond Eames

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Charles Ormond Eames

Charles Ormond Eames

Charles Ormond Eames, Jr. (1907–1978) and Bernice Alexandra “Ray” Kaiser Eames (1912–1988) were a married American couple known for their contributions to modern architecture and furniture design. They were the creative minds behind the Eames Office, where they worked on various design fields like industrial design, graphic design, fine art, and film. While Charles was the more public face of the Eames Office, both he and Ray collaborated closely, and they had a diverse creative team.

One of their most famous creations is the Eames Lounge Chair.

Charles Eames and Ray Kaiser first crossed paths at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940. Charles initially came to the school on an industrial design scholarship, suggested by Eliel Saarinen, but soon became an instructor. Ray, on the other hand, took various courses to build on her earlier abstract painting education in New York City under the guidance of Hans Hofmann.

Charles, along with his “best friend” Eero Saarinen, participated in a furniture competition organized by the Museum of Modern Art. Their goal was to craft a chair from a single piece of plywood, resulting in the birth of the Organic Chair. While it won first place, it couldn’t be mass-produced due to the lack of suitable manufacturing technology. Charles and Saarinen saw this as a setback, as the necessary tools for creating such a chair from a single piece of wood were not available at the time. Ray stepped in to contribute her skills in graphic design to their project.

Some rare Designs

Eames stacking chair for children

Eames Lounge and Ottoman

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