Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907–1978) and Bernice Alexandra “Ray” (née Kaiser) Eames (1912–1988)
Charles and Ray Eames were a husband and wife American design team who profoundly shaped “the look” of America between 1930 and 1970. Their designs have become so well known, and wide-spread that they’re almost invisible to the public who see their moulded plastic and plywood furniture as part of the landscape.
Among their most well-known designs is the LCW Eames Moulded Plywood chair, the Eames Lounge Chair, and their Moulded eiffel chair. They also worked in the fields of photography, graphic design, fine art and film.
The design process between Ray and Charles was strongly collaborative. The Eameses pioneered manufacturing technologies with their moulded plywood, fiberglass, plastic and wire mesh furniture designed for Herman Miller. In doing so they transformed American interiors, introducing functional, affordable and beautiful pieces to many American homes, offices and public spaces.
Today they are regarded as amongst the greatest contributors to 20th Century furniture design and pioneers of American Modernity.