Charles - Ray Eames
architects - designers (C. 1907-1978, R. 1912 - 1988)
Charles Eames studied architecture at George Washington University in St. Louis Missouri from 1924 to 1926.
In 1936, after it had little success as an independent architect, accepts the position of Fellow at the Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills in Michigan.
There he met Ray Kaiser, a designer who became his wife and business partner for life.
In 1940, together with the architect and designer Eero Saarinen realized creation, which is a modern and innovative saedia realized through the modeling of plywood, a competition organized by MOMA (Museum of Modern Art).
The product won two awards and attracts the attention of the manufacturer of furnishing items from Herman Miller.
The result is a THE PARTNERS with the company with whom Charles and Ray Eames created a wide range of furniture designed to be mass produced.
Among the most successful creations that the two designers create for the Herman Miller company are: Eames Aluminum Group & Soft Pad Chairs, Eames Anniversary Table, Eames Chaise Eames Desk Unit Eames Elliptical Table, Executive Chairs Eames, Eames Hang-It -All Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Eames Molded Plywood Chairs, Eames Molded Plywood, Coffee Table, Eames Molded Plywood Folding Screen Eames Sofa Eames Sofa Compact, Eames Storage Units, Eames Tables Eames Tandem Sling Seating, Eames, Walnut Stools, Side Chairs Eames Wire-Base, Eames Wire-Base Table, LaFonda Base Table.
Among the many prizes and awards won by Charles and Ray Eames are:
- Organic Furniture Competition, Museum of Modern Art, 1940
- Emmy Award, (Graphics), "The Fabulous Fifties," 1960
- Kaufmann International Design Award, 1961
- 25 Year American Institute of Architects Award, 1977
- Eliot Norton Chair of Poetry, Harvard, 1971
- Queen's Gold Medal for Architecture, 1979
- Named "Most Influential Designer of the 20th Century," WORLDESIGN '85, Industrial - Designers Society of America, 1985
- The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention, Traveling Exhibition, Library of Congress, 1999.