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Charles Eames


Charles Eames was born in Saint Louis (Missouri) in 1907, studied architecture at Washington University St. Louis and in 1930 opened his own architectural office together with Charles M. Gray. In 1935 Charles Eames opened another studio with Robert T. Walsh before in 1938 he received a scholarship for the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and subsequently taught design there. In 1940, Charles Eames together with Eero Saarinen won the first prize in the MoMA New York's "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" competition. A victory which helped set both on the path to professional success. In 1941, Charles Eames married Ray Kaiser.

Designer Charles Eames


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smow Blog Design Calender: October 24th 1969 – Opening Qu'est-ce que le design? @ Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris

...In an attempt to approach one the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris asked Charles Eames, Verner Panton, Roger Tallon, Joe Colombo and Fritz Eichler, Qu'est-ce que le design?... featured not only five of the leading international designers of the period but five designers who, on paper, represented five very different understandings of design: Charles Eames, one of the leading proponents of that post-War American interpretation of functionalism; the young Italian radical Joe Colombo with his utopian visions of our domestic spaces and understandings of design as much as a branch of linguistics as 3D forming; Roger Tallon, the Grand Doyen of French design, and for all of technical design for industry; Fritz Eichler, the first Design Director at Braun, a man very much associated with technical design for consumers, and the sober reduction of Germanic gute Form; and Verner Panton with his pop tendencies, holistic compositions and understanding of the role, the near primacy, of colour in design...

An Eames Celebration @ The Vitra Design Museum

...With their 1997 exhibition The Work of Charles and Ray Eames the Vitra Design Museum staged one of the first major Charles and Ray Eames retrospectives Twenty years later they return to two of the 20th century's most important creatives with An Eames Celebration: less of Charles and Ray, and more of the diversity, depth and continuing relevance of their work... That it is 20 years since the Vitra Design Museum last dedicated an exhibition to Charles and Ray Eames shouldn't be taken as an indication in a lack of interest in the subject, far from it, as Museum Director Mateo Kries points out their collection of Eames prototypes and models is one of the cornerstones of the museum; much more the number of other possible themes combined with a desire to always explore the new meant it simply was never a consideration...

smow blog Interview: Eames Demetrios - I don't think Charles and Ray were ever satisfied with their own work, they were always trying to make it better

...smow blog: One of the things that has always interested us about Charles Eames is that he appears to have been a journeyman architect, he then went to Cranbrook Academy of Art and subsequently, as it were, revolutionised design and how we view the world... Why was Cranbrook so important for Charles Eames' development...

The World of Charles and Ray Eames @ The Barbican Art Gallery, London

...Charles Eames was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1907... "I think they simply liked the relationship with the companies" replies Charles Eames' grandson and current Eames Office director, Eames Demetrios, "even though Hermann Miller and Vitra were aware of the "design" label, their principle aim was to deliver quality products that worked and Charles and Ray Eames wanted to bring well designed products to as many people as possible, and so the two worked very well together...

smow blog Design Calendar: June 17th 1907– Happy Birthday Charles Eames!

...Charles Eames is arguably the best known representative of post-war American design... Yet exactly because of the success of his post-war work it is often forgotten that Charles Eames has a pre-war biography, a biography that is pre-Ray Kaiser, pre-George Nelson, pre-Hermann Miller, pre-Vitra, pre-plywood, plastic and aluminium, pre-IBM, Moscow, India, Mathematica, Franklin & Jefferson...

DSR, RAR, DAW, ETC... The plastic chairs of Charles and Ray Eames

On a recent trip we discovered a genuine Herman Miller Eames fibreglass chair bench at an airport. Being a relatively small airport - in fact so small that the word "airport" appears optimistic in describing it's capabilities - our frenzied photographing of...

Christmas gift ideas: Part 2

...Number 1: "The Christmas Elephant" The Eames Elephant simply belongs in every children's bedroom... The Eames Elephants are robust, highly durable and practically indestructible...


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