Charles & Ray Eames

Charles & Ray Eames

Visionaries of design, Charles and Ray Eames produced countless classic pieces of furniture and home accessories, all of which feel as fresh and modern today as they did over four decades ago. Find their famous Eames Chair and Table designs here in our collection.

In a career that spanned over forty years, husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames developed countless ground-breaking pieces of furniture. Cementing their names as figureheads of America’s Mid-century Modern movement, the couple produced a prolific range of designs including the Eames Lounge Chair (1956), DSW Chair (1950) and Eames House (1949) all of which are still to this day heralded for their innovative use of new materials.

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“The details are not the details.
They make the design.”

Charles Eames

Born 1907 in St Louis Missouri, Charles Eames studied architecture before founding a series practices throughout 1930s. Ray Eames meanwhile was born Bernice Alexandra Kaiser in 1912, and grew up in Sacramento, California before moving to New York to studying painting.
Having met at the Cranbrook Academy’s faculty of arts in 1940, the pair quickly became an item and married the following year. Over the next four decades the couple produced some of the most innovative and influential designs of the 20th century with many of their pieces now exclusively produced by Vitra.

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Design Timeline

Eames ESU Shelves Charles & Ray Eames Vitra

1949 - ESU Shelving

In 1949 the pair designed the infamous 'Eames House', an experiment in building with industrial materials that extended to all of the furnishings including the classic ESU Shelving range.
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Eames DSW Chair Charles & Ray Eames Vitra

1950 - DSW Chair

The organic, ergonomic form of this iconic design evolved from the Eames' use of moulded plywoods to produce leg splints during the Second World War.
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Eames Lounge Chair Charles & Ray Eames Vitra

1956 - Lounge Chair

An “updated version of the old English club chair”, the Eames Lounge Chair set the benchmark in furniture design, combining luxurious comfort with the highest-quality craftsmanship.
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