Charles and Ray Eams

In this article i will be introducing to you two of the most popular American designers who gave shape to America’s twentieth century. The Eameses embraced the era’s visionary concept of modern design as an agent of social change, elevating it to a national agenda.

Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St and Ray Eames, née Bernice Alexandra Kaiser, was born in Sacramento, California in 1912.

In 1940, Charles and Eero Saarinen won first prize for their joint entry in the competition “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” organized by the New YorkMuseum of Modern Art. During the same year, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook .

Charles and Ray married in 1941 and moved to California where they continued their furniture design work with molding plywood. and in 1949, they designed and built their own home in Pacific Palisades, California as part of the Case Study House Program sponsored by Arts and Architecture Magazine.

According to Eamesoffice Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers of this century. They are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic arts.

In the early 1950s, the Eameses extended their interest and skill in photography into filmmaking. They created over eighty-five short film(2-30 minutes) .The Eameses continued to create new furniture designs into the 1970s.

The Eames Office designed the IBM Pavilion for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York, and the year 1969 offered the opportunity to participate in the exhibition “Qu’est-ce que le design?’ at theMusée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In 1970-71, Charles was invited to hold the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry lecture series at Harvard UniversityMoMA again presented an exhibition of their work, entitled “Furniture by Charles Eames”.Charles died August 21, 1978 and ray died 1988. The Eames Office still operates today, run by Charles’ daughter, designer Lucia Eames, and one of her sons,Eams Demetrios , releasing their design in furniture,film , video and other media as well as creating new products.


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