Designers We Love: Charles & Ray Eames

ID Collaborative blog post

I first became fascinated with the Eameses when I was in an interior architecture class in school. I loved the idea of a married couple, working together as equals (which was unheard of at that time). In school they worked with Eero Saarinen on their first bent plywood furniture pieces.

During WWII they worked with the government to design a easily mass produced molded plywood splints and stretchers for injured soldiers. They believed that everyone deserved good design, that beautiful things could be affordable and practical. In 1946, they used bent plywood and mass production to design a practical, comfortable, and affordable chair that rocked the design world. This chair is still in production today, completely unaltered.

They then began experimenting with fiberglass as another inexpensive but moldable material. They also began investigating more complex bases

Their most iconic chair is the Eames lounge. In continuous production since its inception in 1956 completely unaltered, this chair can be seen in just about every modern home photoshoot. It is also extremely comfortable (yes I got to sit in one, a real one).

Aside from seating, Charles and Ray dipped their feet into every creative field. They made furniture, toys, textiles, architecture and films – like the powers of ten and the relative size of things in the universe, which has been seen by millions of people around the world.

Their extensive body of work has left a mark on our world in more ways than we could ever imagine.

“Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world”
-Ray Eames