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Designer Name: Bernice Alexandra "Ray" Kaiser Eames and Charles Ormond Eames, Jr
Born-Died: Ray Eames (1912 – 1988) and Charles Eames (1907 – 1978)
Style: Charles and Ray Eames possessed a unique synergy that greatly influenced American furniture design in the postwar period. Their style was sophisticated, sleek, functional, playful, modern, lean and beautifully simple. These characteristics are idiosyncratic of the Eames Look.
Materials Used: Their pieces primarily utilized materials such as molded plywood and molded fiberglass.
History: Charles and Ray Eames are among the most famous American designers of the 20th century. Their groundbreaking contributions included photographic arts, film, industrial design and manufacturing, furniture design and architecture. Charles was born in 1907 and developed an interest in architecture and engineering during his academic years. After meeting Ray, they got married in 1941 and moved to California. From there, they continued their furniture design work. Evans Products was the initial manufacturer of the Eameses' molded plywood furniture in 1946. Their internationally-renowned Eames lounge chair was coined the chair of the century by Esther McCoy—an influential architectural critic. The Eameses later went on to work with Herman Miller in the 1950s and Herman Miller still produces Eames designs to this day.
Birch and blackened iron lounge chairs designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller in the 1950s.
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