Small Dot Pattern (1947)
Original design by Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames headed the most creative design office in post World War II America. Frequently photographed in matching clothes, poses, or both, each brought a rich array of talents to their life/work partnership (1941-1978) as well as a contagious enthusiasm for life and art. They met at Cranbook Academy, not far from Detroit, got married and moved to Los Angeles to focus on the mass-manufacture of low-cost molded plywood furniture; getting what Charles called “the most of the best to the most for the least.”

Their studiously simple lifestyle revolved around their “laboratory” workshop and office in Los Angeles. No one worked harder than this pair; and no one took greater pleasure in their work. Together, they (and those who worked in the office) created some of the most iconic furniture of the twentieth century, which, together with their architecture, interiors, films, multi-media shows and exhibitions helped shape how people thought about objects and buildings.

Ray’s stunning graphics and textiles of the early and mid-1940s indicate a strong independent design talent. After Charles’s death in 1978, Ray began to sort their enormous archive with a view transferring it to the Library of Congress. She died ten years to the day after Charles. (source: PBS)

Parts Used: Chain + Reflectors





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