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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 Dcm
Eames Dcm
Eames Lounge Chair Ottoman
Eames Lounge Chair Ottoman
Eames Dax Chair
Eames Dax Chair
Charles & Ray Eames EA117 Office Chair in Black Leather and Chrome, Vitra
By Charles Eames, Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic office chair EA117 belonging to the famous Aluminum Series designed by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller (US) / Vitra (EU). Exceptional comfort is guaranteed with the heig...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum, Chrome

Second Generation Eames Storage Unit ESU 400-N series by Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Seattle, WA
The Eames Storage Unit (ESU) is a lightweight system of freestanding modular cabinets that was initially promoted as an economical solution to the changing storage needs of American ...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Metal

Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Denver, CO
A wonderful edition of this iconic side table by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Khaki taupe enameled pedestal base on wheels and light beige laminate top.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum

  • Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
  • Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
  • Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
  • Eames Side Table for Herman Miller
H 25.5 in. W 20 in. D 20 in.
Armchair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, 1970s
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Lasne, BE
Pair of swivel chairs on casters in metal and fiberglass. Wear due to time and age of the chairs (see photo) Adjustable seat height.
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1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Metal

Eames Design Classic La Fonda Armchairs for Herman Miller Set of 12, 1960s
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Renens, CH
Eames low back armchairs with aluminum base. Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in co-operation with Alexander Girard. The la Fonda chair was originally designed by the Eames’ couple...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum

Black Leather Soft Pad Chair by Charles & Ray Eames for ICF, 1970s
By ICF Milano 1, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Lasne, BE
Black leather armchair with aluminium base and wheels. Dimensions: Seat height 49cm Wear due to time and age of the chair.
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1970s Central American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Aluminum

Midcentury Table Vitra Ray and Charles Eames, 1980s
By Vitra, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very practical - Marked by label.
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1980s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Metal

Single Vintage Fabric Contractor Base Eames Swiveling Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Single vintage fabric contractor base Eames swiveling chair. Perfect as a side chair or a desk chair. Stamped Herman Miller under the seat.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Steel

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Eames Aluminum Group
Eames Aluminum Group
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By Charles and Ray Eames
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Eames Dcm
Eames Dcm
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Eames Dcm
By Charles and Ray Eames
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Wood, Metal, Hardwood, Ash
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Mid Century Modern
During World War II, American designers Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) worked with the United States Navy to make a new leg splint. Recognizing that metal splints could further injure a wounded person through the vibrations of their material, the couple created a new model with molded plywood. That wartime experience propelled the Eameses to continue their explorations in plywood. In 1946, they debuted the DCM, its shortened name referencing the “Dining Height (D) Side Chair (C) on ...
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Eames Lounge Chair Ottoman
Eames Lounge Chair Ottoman
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$10,781
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26
Eames Lounge Chair Ottoman
By Charles and Ray Eames
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Wood, Animal Skin, Leather, Metal, Rosewood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
Long before it was the pièce de résistance in a collector’s office or an upscale bachelor pad — landing in ample design magazines, on television and in well-appointed offices over the years — the Eames lounge chair was a fresh, subversive new take on a classic club chair and a culmination of experimentation by its inventive creators.Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) met while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the prestigious Michigan institution that drew such illustrious desig...
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Eames Dax Chair
Eames Dax Chair
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$2,049
Number Available
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Eames Dax Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Materials
Plastic, Fiberglass, Metal, Steel
Styles
Mid Century Modern
The scooped form of the revolutionary single-shell Eames molded fiberglass armchair — of which the Eames DAX chair is a variation — is ubiquitous in interior design today, found everywhere from restaurants to private homes to offices. In 1948, American designers Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88) conceptualized a lounge chair comprising two bonded fiberglass shells as well as a molded fiberglass armchair for the Museum of Modern Art’s International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Des...
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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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Charles and Ray Eames are famous for their chair designs. The couple released their first iconic Eames Lounge and Ottoman in 1956 and went on to create more chairs that changed the idea of comfortable seating. In addition to being great furniture designers, Ray and Charles were also graphic and textile designers, architects and film-makers. Shop a collection of Eames chairs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Rosewood was the favorite wood of famed American designers Charles and Ray Eames. Rosewood made its way into some of the duo’s most celebrated designs, including the iconic Eames lounge chair. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of genuine Eames furniture from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    For Charles and Ray Eames’ chairs designed for Herman Miller, molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent and welded wire mesh, and cast aluminum were used in production. You can shop a collection of Eames furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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