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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 studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Beatrice Alexandra Kaiser) 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 (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.

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Eames Aluminum Group
Eames Aluminum Group
DCM
DCM
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Eames RAR Rocker
Eames RAR Rocker
Eames Herman Miller Oval Conference or Dining Table Universal Segmented Base
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous Eames for Herman Miller racetrack oval conference or dining table with universal segmented base and natural oak wood veneer top with black vinyl edge banding. Beautiful cond...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum, Steel

Aluminum Group Desk Chairs by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Signed
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, Charles Eames
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classic and stylish 'Aluminum Group' executive desk chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Signed underneath seat with Herman Miller labels and production date Septem...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum

Eames Soft Pad Management Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in TORONTO, CA
2000 - 2008 production. Gorgeous original black Herman Miller leather, soft and plush to the touch. Manual height adjustment (20" - 23"), swivel base, with tilt. Chrome and black car...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum, Chrome

Set of Four Eames Herman Miller Black DSW Dining Chairs
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Miami, FL
A set of 4 DSW shell chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller in the 1950s. The dining or side chairs feature a molded black shell and walnut dowel "chopstick" legs...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Plastic, Walnut

Vintage Eames for Herman Miller Side Chair La Fonda Base, Completely Restored
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Renens, CH
Eames side chair on a white metal la Fonda base. Designed by Charles & Ray Eames, and produced by Herman Miller for re-sale by Vitra. The la Fonda base was originally designed by ...
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1970s American Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Metal

Eames EA108 Black Netweave Dining Chair by Vitra
By Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames, Vitra
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Comfortable dining chairs in very good condition with normal light wear. Lightweight chrome-plated aluminum frame with swivel mechanism and black (very strong) netweave upholstery. S...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum, Chrome

  • Eames EA108 Black Netweave Dining Chair by Vitra
  • Eames EA108 Black Netweave Dining Chair by Vitra
  • Eames EA108 Black Netweave Dining Chair by Vitra
  • Eames EA108 Black Netweave Dining Chair by Vitra
H 32.29 in. W 22.84 in. D 24.41 in.
1st Generation Eames RKR Rocker by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Highland, IN
Charles and Ray Eames designed their fiberglass and wire chairs to be fitted with a wide variety of bases to offer a range of heights, uses, and aesthetics. One of the most desirable...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Steel

Swivel Chair Mod. "ea107" Design Charles and Ray Eames for Icf De Padova, 1960s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames
Located in taranto, IT
original chair model "ea 107", ICF De Padova production under license from Herman Miller, design by charles & Ray Eames, 1960s version with armrests It measures 82 cm in height...
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1960s Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Metal

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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 furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 491 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Charles and Ray Eames were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Herman Miller, Adrian Pearsall and Dunbar if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for Charles and Ray Eames furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $150 and tops out at $50,000, while pieces like these can sell for $2,500 on average.
Questions About Charles and Ray Eames
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    The best Eames lounge chair reproduction is really a matter of preference. Herman Miller and Vitra currently manufacture the Eames lounge chair and ottoman. On 1stDibs, find a variety of vintage Eames lounge chairs as well as a collection of other seating designed by Charles and Ray Eames.