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Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW
Lounge Chair & Ottoman
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSR
Eames Plastic Armchair DAW
Eames Plastic Armchair DAR
Aluminium Group EA 119
Aluminium Group EA 117
DSW Promotion Set of 4
Eames Plastic Armchair RAR
Lounge Chair
Lounge Chair & Ottoman - White Version
Hang It All
Aluminium Group EA 107 / EA 108
LTR Occasional Table
Soft Pad Group EA 219
Lobby Chair ES 104
Eames Fiberglass Chair DSW
Eames Elephant
DKR Wire Chair
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSX
Eames Plastic Armchair PACC
Eames House Bird
Lounge Chair & Ottoman - Black Version
Eames Fiberglass Chair DSR
Eames Stools
Lounge Chair & Ottoman - Natural Edition
Seat Cushion for Wire Chair (DKR/DKW/DKX)
Eames House Bird Walnut
Aluminium Group EA 103 / EA 104
Plywood Group LCM / LCM Leather
Eames Elephant Small
DKX Wire Chair
Small Dot Pattern Document Reverse
Eames House Whale
La Chaise Miniature
RAR Miniature
Eames Elephant Plywood
Small Dot Pattern Document
Eames Wool Blanket - Dot Pattern
Eames Classic Trays
Eames Radio
Special Edition
Eames Plastic Side Chair PSCC
Eames Plastic Armchair DAX
Plywood Group LCW / LCW Leather
Eames Fiberglass Chair DSX
Soft Pad Group EA 207 / EA 208
Plywood Group DCM
RAR with Upholstery
Aluminium Group EA 125
Lounge Chair & Ottoman - Beauty Versions
Soft Pad Group EA 215 / EA 216
Soft Pad Group EA 223
Plywood Group DCW
DKW Wire Chair
Soft Pad Group EA 217
Aluminium Group EA 124
ETR Elliptical Table Rod Base
Aluminium Group EA 105
Organic Chair
La Chaise
Soft Pad Group EA 222
Lobby Chair ES 105 / ES 108
Aluminium Group EA 116
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSS
Lounge Chair Ottoman
Soft Pad Chaise ES 106
Eames Fiberglass Armchair DAR
Organic Highback
Lounge Chair Ottoman - White Version
Lounge Chair - White Version
Aluminium Group EA 101
Eames Fiberglass Armchair DAX
Plywood Group LCW Calf’s Skin
Plywood Group LCM Calf’s Skin
Contract Table Outdoor
Eames Fiberglass Armchair RAR
Soft Pad Group EA 205
DKR Wire Chair Checker
Eames Fiberglass Armchair DAW

The Eames Collection

Eames Plastic Chairs from Vitra

Ray and Charles Eames – Pioneers of mid-century design

Ray Kaiser and Charles Eames, arguably the most important pair of designers in context of post-war American modernism, met at the legendary Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940 where Charles, at that time, was preparing along with Eero Saarinenfor the MoMA's "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" contest. Ray Kaiser had previously studied painting in New York and enrolled at the Cranbrook Academy in 1940. Just one year later, Ray and Charles Eames married and founded their joint design studio Eames Office in Los Angeles that same year, through which they were active for over four decades until 1976. Born in St. Louis in 1907, Charles Eames died in 1978, Ray Eames followed him to the day exactly a year later.

Eames Fiberglass Chairs from Vitra

Vitra Design Classic: Eames Aluminium Chairs

The Eames Collection - A document of four decades of design

The creative period of the Eames Office officially extended from 1943 to 1976 and resulted in an extensive, and above all versatile, canon. The Eames Collection consists of numerous smaller collections and individual pieces. Earlier in their career, the Eames experimented with moulded plywood, developed thereby their first seating collection: the Eames Plywood Chairs. In the 1950s, following long plastic experiments, came the Eames Plastic Arm Chairs and Eames Plastic Side Chairs: materials and construction perfectly suited for mass-produced machine production, perfectly fulfilling Charles Eames' promise "We want to make the best for the most for the least". Originally made of fiberglass, in 1993 Vitra turned to production from environmentally friendly polypropylene; however, thanks to improved production methods, the Fiberglass Chair has recently returned to its original material. With the Aluminium Chairs, the Eames turned to a new material and developed a collection that is still undisputed at the forefront of upscale office furniture. However, the large seating collections make up only a fraction of the Eames Collection, which includes not only Eames accessories, but also toys and work from other areas such as film, architecture and exhibition design.

Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman from Vitra

Eames Plywood Chair DCM from Vitra

Vitra and the heritage of the design legends

While the production of the Eames Collection in the USA was taken over by the established furniture manufacturer Herman Miller right from the start, Vitra founder Willi Fehlbaum accidentally discovered Eames Designs during a stay in New York: According to legend, he spied an Eames Plywood Chair in a shop window during a taxi ride in the eye. Spontaneously excited, he contacted Herman Miller and in 1957, eventually, acquired production licenses for the European region after long negotiations. The foundations were thus laid for a long, successful collaboration and a decade-long friendship between the Eames and the Fehlbaums. Finally, in 1984, Vitra acquired exclusive rights to all Eames designs for Europe and the Middle East. The Eames Collection, which grew steadily until 1976, is not only one of Vitra's most successful product ranges, but has had a decisive influence on the company philosophy over the years. The wealth of innovation in Charles and Ray Eames' work, their functional and timeless understanding of form and the versatility of their work continue to represent the factors that make high-quality design work stand out.

Eames Elephant Plywood and Eames Dot Pattern blanket from Vitra

Eames Plywood Chair LCW from Vitra

Vitra Hang it all and Eames House Bird

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