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Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

Charles Eames and Ray Eames (USA, 1907-1978; 1912-1988)

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 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 “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 Early Shell Chair Lounge Height for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An early second generation parchment fiberglass arm shell chair with large shock mounts and black iron base in the rare lower lounge height . Having slip on black boot feet of rubber...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Fiberglass

Eames Walnut LCM Lounge Chair with Chrome Frame for Herman Miller 'A'
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Walnut

Eames Walnut / Chrome LCM 'Lounge Chair Metal' for Herman Miller 'B'
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Walnut

Eames Aluminum Group Rosewood Toned Square Dining Table by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Aluminum

Eames Rosewood 670 Lounge Chair with Ottoman by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A smooth soft black leather Eames swiveling lounge chair with ottoman in Brazilian rosewood having a cast aluminum star base. This is the iconic midcentury lounge chair that set the ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Rosewood

Eames ESU 200- C 'Eames Storage Unit' for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A vintage second series or generation Eames ESU 200- C storage unit with chrome coated steel L bracket frame and red divider panel. The top shelve is walnut ply while the two lower s...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wood

Eames LCM Plywood Low Lounge Chair by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wood

Eames Designed Emerson Radio by Evans Products
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Emerson AM radio with the case designed by Charles and Ray Eames using their bent molded plywood technique discovered during the war years and transferred over to commercial items....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wood

Eames Designed Emerson Radio by Evans Products
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A Emerson AM radio with case designed by Charles and Ray Eames using their bent molded plywood technique discovered during the war years. The cases were constructed by the Evans Prod...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wood

Early Eames Molded Wood DCM Side Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A early production molded wonderfully grained oakwood side chair with factory black steel frame, rubber and metal boot styled feet and remnants of the early foil label manufactured b...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wood

Early Eames DCM Molded Wood Side Chair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An early 1950s production molded wonderfully grained oakwood ply side chair with factory black metal frame, early patient and foil manufactures label and rubber metal boot styled fee...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wood

Early Production Eames DCM Molded Wood Side Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wood

Eames Scoop Dining Side Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Fiberglass

Early Label Eames Armshell Chair by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Fiberglass

Early Eames Aniline Dyed DCM Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

Ray & Charles Eames Slunk Skin DCW for Evans Company
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A molded ash plywood DCW (dining chair wood) frame with slunk skin upholstered seat and seat back. Produced between 1948-1953 and having the early 12 screw configuration to the botto...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Animal Skin

Ray & Charles Eames Designed Radio Collection
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A collection of seven molded plywood radios designed by Ray and Charles Eames consisting of two Zenith, two Emerson, two Teletone and one Hoffman radio. All in very good condition mo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wood

Early Eames DCM Chair by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wood

Eames Walnut 670 Lounge Chair with Ottoman by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Walnut

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Rare George Nelson Steel Frame Single Seat Chair for Herman Miller
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