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Charles and Ray Eames

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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
Midcentury Authentic Eames LCM Lounge Chair in Walnut
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
The LCM ( Lounge Chair Metal ) by Herman Miller is our favorite of the Eames plywood chair designs. The metal frame gives an overall visual lightness and makes the wood seat and back...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Style Authentic Herman Miller Eames Molded Shell Chair Rocker
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
Le Shoppe Too presents an authentic Herman Miller Eames molded shell rockier chair. In very good condition. Dimensions: 24.5" W x 27" D x 26.5" H arm height: 23" seat height: 15" sea...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames

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Plastic

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 Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
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

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

Midcentury Table Vitra Ray and Charles Eames, 1980s
By Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra
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

Impeccable Molded Swiveling Armchair by Charles and Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impeccable molded swiveling armchair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. Contractor base model.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames

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Steel

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Eames DAR 'Eiffel' Chair
Eames DAR 'Eiffel' Chair
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$2,348
Number Available
13
Eames DAR 'Eiffel' Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Materials
Fiberglass, Plastic, Metal, Steel, Rubber
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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CTM
CTM
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$1,548
Number Available
5
CTM
By Charles and Ray Eames
Materials
Metal, Wood, Ash, Hardwood, Steel
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Eames Executive Chair
Eames Executive Chair
Average Price
$4,936
Number Available
3
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 Compact Sofa
Eames Compact Sofa
Average Price
$3,850
Number Available
2
Eames Compact Sofa
By Charles and Ray Eames
Materials
Metal, Fabric, Other, Steel
Styles
Mid Century Modern
Set on a simple metal frame with a seat that extends just 2.5 feet from the wall — yet comfortably seats three adults — the Eames Sofa Compact, created by visionary American designers Charles and Ray Eames (1907–78; 1912–88), is a prime example of the pair’s continual exploration of new ways to achieve comfort with minimal materials. In 1949, the Eameses built the Eames House, their Pacific Palisades home and studio and a building that would become both a breeding ground for fresh design idea...
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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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