Profiling the Masters: Charles and Ray Eames


“The details are not the details.  They make the design.” – Charles Eames

As we take a look at some of the masters of design, no list would be complete without Charles and Ray Eames.  This husband and wife team created more than just a style or look, but infused their work with the type of “serious fun” they came to be known for.


From their bent plywood chairs,



To the iconic Eames lounge chair and ottoman,


To the colorful shell chairs.

shell chairs

In 1946, the Eameses first exhibited their experimental new plywood furniture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and in 1948 the two participated in a low cost furniture competition hosted by the museum.

Beyond furniture, the duo built the Eames house in 1949 as their own private residence, made films, and designed showrooms and toys.  The Eames Office even designed the IBM Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

In the constant pursuit of new ideas, Charles and Ray Eames managed to create some of the most influential designs of the 20th century.  To this day, their work remains relevant, fresh, and innovative.  It’s been often said that the couple “just wanted to make the world a better place” and we couldn’t agree more.

What is your favorite design or quote by Charles and Ray Eames?

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