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Designer Names: Charles Ormond Eames, Jr. and Eero Saarinen
Born-Died: Charles Eames (1907 – 1978) and Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961)
Style: Charles Eames was renowned for his taste in modern style. Eero Saarinen, a Finnish American industrial designer and architect, was famous for his neo-futuristic style.
Materials Used: The duo was continually exploring new materials and pushing past boundaries through countless collaborations. They made award-winning chairs from molded plywood.
Specialty: Furniture and Fine Art
History: Some of Charles Eames's achievements included graduating from the Washington University in St. Louis and founding an architectural firm with Robert T. Walsh in 1935. He moved to Michigan after receiving a fellowship from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He advanced from a teaching position in the design department and became the head of Cranbrook's department of industrial design.
Eero Saarinen was born to famous parents, Loja Saarinen (a textile artist) and Eliel Saarinen (director of Cranbrook Academy of Art). Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. It did not take long for him to start learning the ropes from his father, in the field of furniture design.
While Charles Eames and Saarinen were at Cranbrook, they knew they had to team up. It was the right move. Their partnership gave birth to a groundbreaking collection of molded plywood chairs. Their work won the first prize in all categories of the 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition that was sponsored by MoMA. The designers were catapulted to the forefront of the American modern furniture movement.
Mid-century modern executive armchair attributed to designers Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen.
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