Charles and Ray Eames are perhaps the most celebrated designers of the 20th century. Married in 1941, the Eames duo are responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed furniture designs of the modern era. Amongst their most famous designs are the molded plywood chair, the aluminum chair group, and the Eames Storage Units. Although they are most often remembered today for their furniture designs with partner Herman Miller, the Eameses engaged in artistic expression across a broad range of mediums- including architecture and filmmaking.
Charles and Ray Eames were a husband and wife design partnership. Their work spanned a great a turbulent period in American history, from the 40s to the 80s. The furniture they created, the films they shot, and the designs they made popular are just as exciting and meaningful today as they were the moment they were first introduced to the public. Their work is classic but functional, modern but timeless, playful but seriously developed, and generally legendary. If you were to choose the best two designers of the latter half of the 20th century, you would almost certainly choose this amazing duo. What luck that they decided to work together!
Charles and Ray met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, a prestigious design institution in Michigan. Their courtship and marriage neatly coincided with their collaboration as artists and designers on groundbreaking products, using groundbreaking and novel techniques and methods. Among their finest creations you would have to rank the Eames Lounge Chair, the Plywood Lounge Chair (or the LCW), the Eames Desk, the Eames Storage Unit, their own personal home, and the fabulous Eames Aluminum Group (all of these happen to be available at Smart Furniture). Any one artist would be lucky to have created just a single piece as iconic and lasting as all of those.
The Office of Charles and Ray Eames still functions today, and almost all of the wonderful furniture, toys and photographs and films they made can be seen, used, and played with today.