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Charles and Ray Eames

American

Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

As furniture designers, filmmakers, artists, textile and graphic designers and even toy and puzzle makers, the Eameses were a visionary and effective force for the notion that design should be an agent of positive change. They are the happy, ever-curious, ever-adventurous faces of modernism.

Charles (1907–78) studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser, 1912–88) was an artist, who studied under the Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit (the legendary institution where Charles also met his frequent collaborator Eero Saarinen and the artist and designer Harry Bertoia) and married the next year.

His technical skills and her artistic flair were wonderfully complementary. They moved to Los Angeles in 1941, where Charles worked on set design for MGM. In the evenings at their apartment, they experimented with molded plywood using a handmade heat-and-pressurization device they called the “Kazam!” machine. The next year, they won a contract from the U.S. Navy for lightweight plywood leg splints for wounded servicemen — they are coveted collectibles today; more so those that Ray used to make sculptures.

The Navy contract allowed Charles to open a professional studio, and the attention-grabbing plywood furniture the firm produced prompted George Nelson, the director of design of the furniture-maker Herman Miller Inc., to enlist Charles and (by association, if not by contract) Ray in 1946. Some of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the LCW, or Lounge Chair Wood, and the DCM, or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel.

The Eameses eagerly embraced new technology and materials, and one of their peculiar talents was to imbue their supremely modern design with references to folk traditions. Their Wire chair group of the 1950s, for example, was inspired by basket weaving techniques. The populist notion of “good design for all” drove their molded fiberglass chair series that same decade, and also produced the organic-form, ever-delightful La Chaise. In 1956 the Eames lounge chair and ottoman appeared — the supremely comfortable plywood-base-and-leather-upholstery creation that will likely live in homes as long as there are people with good taste and sense.

Charles Eames once said, “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” For very good collectors and thoughtful interior designers, a piece of design by the Eameses, the closer produced to original conception the better, is almost de rigueur — for its beauty and comfort, and not least as a tribute to the creative legacy and enduring influence of Charles and Ray Eames.

The collection of original Eames furniture on 1stDibs includes chairs, tables, case pieces and other items.

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Eames Aluminum Group
Eames Aluminum Group
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
DCM
DCM
Eames DAX Chair
Eames DAX Chair
Vintage Mid Century Ray & Charles Eames for Herman Miller DCW Bentwood Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is this iconic Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller DCW bentwood chair. Dimensions: 22w x 22.5d x 26h Seat Height: 15" Seat Depth: 20".  
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Bentwood

Ea 216 Soft Pad Desk Chair by Charles & Ray Eames for ICF, 1970s
By Charles and Ray Eames, ICF Milano 1
Located in Lasne, BE
Leather armchair with aluminum base and castor. stamped under the seat Herman Miller ICF . Adjustable in height. Wear due to time and age of the chair (see photo) Seat height 54cm.
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1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum

Herman Miller Eames 670/71 Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Palisander
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Beautiful Herman Miller Eames chair and ottoman in a beautifully grained palisander shell. Black leather cushions. The chair has delivery dates of 4/16/202008 and 4/21/2008 on the b...
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Early 2000s American Charles and Ray Eames

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Palisander, Leather

Charles & Ray Eames Set of 6 "La Fonda" Chairs for Herman Miller, 1960
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in The Hague, NL
Set of 6 classic chairs the "La Fonda" designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1961 for the La Fonda del Sol restaurant in New York and produced by Herman Miller. All the chairs are or...
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1960s Virgin Islands Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Metal

Set of 4 Charles & Ray Eames Vintage Aluminium Office Chairs 'EA108'
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Aluminium office chairs, designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Germany, VITRA, dates vary on the base. A beautiful set of yellow hopsack and chromed aluminium rotating chairs with ar...
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1990s German Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum

La Fonda Dining Chairs by Eames for Vitra, Original Fabric, Fiberglass, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
Located in amstelveen, NL
La Fonda chairs by Eames for Vitra, Orange, Fiberglass, 1960s. This lovely set of two La Fonda armchairs are the absolute eye catcher in every stylish room. They come in there ori...
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1960s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Abalone, Wool, Fiberglass

Pair of Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller DCMs in White Ash
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Kansas City, MO
Two Eames DCMs (Dining Chair Metal) in white ash with chrome legs. Minor scratches and wear to edges upon close inspection. Overall very good to excellent condition. Signed.
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Ash

Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Providence, RI
Early DKW-2 (dining height / wire shell / wood base) with leather bikini cover, designed by Ray & Charles Eames, circa 1950. This example produced by Herman Miller, circa 1952-1954. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Steel

  • Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
  • Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
  • Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
  • Early Eames DKW-2 with Leather Bikini Cover
H 32.75 in. W 19 in. D 20 in.
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Casey Godrie, Amsterdam, 20th Century Icons & Props
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Eames DAR 'Eiffel' Chair
Eames DAR 'Eiffel' Chair
Average Price
$3,046
Number Available
12
Eames DAR 'Eiffel' Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Materials
Fiberglass, Plastic, Metal, Steel, Rubber
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Eames Executive Chair
Eames Executive Chair
Average Price
$4,400
Number Available
2
Eames Executive Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Materials
Aluminum, Animal Skin, Leather, Metal
Styles
Mid Century Modern
American chess grand master Bobby Fischer pronounced Charles and Ray Eames’s Executive chair to be so comfortable that he insisted it was the only chair he could concentrate on during his world championship match against Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972. In the end, both Spassky and Fischer were seated on the lightweight aluminum and leather chairs that have been seen in offices around the world since the piece's debut in 1960.Modern American design luminaries Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; ...
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Eames Elephant
Eames Elephant
Average Price
$834
Number Available
1
Eames Elephant
By Charles and Ray Eames
Materials
Cherry, Hardwood, Plywood, Wood
At just over 16 inches tall, the stackable, climbable — at least for little ones — Eames Elephant is another work from Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) that symbolized their democratic belief that good designs should be inexpensive and available to everyone. After all, the couple liked to say they aimed “to make the best for the most for the least."When the Eameses took to improving upon the problematic metal splints employed during World War II, plywood was cheap but available only i...
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CTM
Average Price
$1,748
Number Available
3
CTM
By Charles and Ray Eames
Materials
Metal, Ash, Hardwood, Wood, Steel
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Modern
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Charles and Ray Eames furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Charles and Ray Eames furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Charles and Ray Eames collection to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 582 vintage editions of these items, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Charles and Ray Eames were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Dunbar, Herman Miller and Adrian Pearsall. The prices for Charles and Ray Eames furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $150 and tops out at $50,000, while pieces like these can sell for $2,493.
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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Charles and Ray Eames have been recognized as the 20th century’s most influential designers and are best known for their highly recognizable chairs. The Eames lounge chair and ottoman are an iconic duo in modern-styled furniture, and s​ome of the first Eames items to emerge from Herman Miller are now classics: the LCW, or Lounge Chair Wood, and the DCM, or Dining Chair Metal, supported by tubular steel. Find vintage Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.

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