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Designer Names: Charles Ormond Eames, Jr. and Bernice Alexandra Ray Kaiser Eames
Born-Died: Charles Eames (1907 – 1978) and Ray Eames (1912 – 1988)
Style: Designers Charles and Ray Eames were recognized for their modern styles. Their expertise in molding materials into complex curves are also seen in their works.
Materials Used: Charles and Ray Eames were renowned for their innovative use of cast aluminum, welded and bent wire mesh, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, and molded plywood.
Specialty: Furniture and Fine Art
History: Charles Eames attended school in St. Louis, Missouri. He developed an interest in architecture and engineering. Next, he worked at an architectural office and eventually started his own architectural office in 1930.
Ray Kaiser Eames was educated in the field of painting in New York. She moved on to Cranbrook Academy to become Charles and Eero Saarinen's assistant. The team prepared designs for the Organic Furniture Competition that was held by the Museum of Modern Art. Their designs won them the two first prizes.
In 1941, Charles and Ray got married. They continued molding plywood and designing furniture. Soon after Esther McCoy coined their molded plywood chair as the chair of the century, Herman Miller, Inc. took the lead on production.
Pair of 1960s-1970s executive swivel chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, with black vinyl upholstery.
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