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Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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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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Creator: Charles and Ray Eames
Dealer: Mainly Art Vintage Modern Furniture
Eames Aluminum Group Dining Table for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A nice sized medium ebony toned dining table with satin black edge having black pedestals attached to cast aluminum star bases with adjustable foot pads. Retains the labels designed ...
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Late 20th Century North 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
The classic iconic Eames lounge chair and ottoman with walnut frame, soft black leather upholstered cushions and cast aluminum legs. Retains the manufactures tags to each piece by th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Aluminum

Eames 50th Anniversary Executive Aluminum Group Desk Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A 50th Anniversary edition 1958 - 2008 executive rolling high back aluminum group chair . Upholstered in a smooth and soft taupe spinney back leather only for this edition with polis...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Aluminum

6 Eames 50th Anniversary Executive Aluminum Group Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A set of six 50th Anniversary edition 1958 - 2008 executive rolling high back aluminum group chairs . Upholstered in a smooth and soft taupe spinney back leather only for this editio...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Aluminum

Eames RAR Rocking Armchair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very nice iconic Mid Century designed molded fiberglass rocking arm shell chair in a parchment color . The satin black base is constructed in metal rods with birch wood runners giv...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Metal

Eames Elephant Hide Gray Dining Chairs for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A set of four beautiful elephant hide gray fiberglass dining chairs with satin black metal H bases having nylon feet to protect your floors . Designed by the iconic Mid Century team ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Metal

Early Eames Bent Walnut DCW for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of very well grained early bent walnut plywood side chairs designed by the iconic team of Ray and Charles Eames . These sculptural chairs are part o...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Walnut

Eames Upholstered H Based Side Chairs for Herman Miller Pair
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of rust colored upholstered scoop side chairs with black fiberglass shells sitting on satin black H bases . The bases have cream colored nylon foot pads to protect your floors...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Aluminum

Eames Walnut Aluminum Group Dining Table by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A smaller scale dark walnut topped dining table or desk with black rubber edge and double pedestal star base . From the Aluminum Group collection by the Herman Miller furniture compa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Aluminum

Early Eames Walnut DCW for Herman Miller / Evans 'B'
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A early Eames DCW side chair in finely grained bent walnut ply from the iconic team of Ray and Charles Eames. Built after WW2 using techniques developed during war production and swi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Walnut

Early Rope Edge Eames Lounge Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very early 1st generation rope edge rare lounge height fiberglass arm shell chair with the larger rubber shock mounts having metal washers and satin black iron X base. The chair st...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Iron

Vintage Eames Wire Rocking Chair for Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A rare satin black metal wire Eames rocking chair with birch wood runners and dark charcoal Naugahyde upholstered seat cover. The chair retains the fa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Wire

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 ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Animal Skin

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

Early Label Eames Armshell Chair by Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
An elephant gray green toned fiberglass armshell chair with satin black iron X-base, rubber and metal boot feet , large early shock mounts and the red second generation decal label w...
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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
Black aniline dyed wood seat and back DCM (dining chair metal) chromed metal framed side chair, domes of silence foot pads and early foil label....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Furniture

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Metal

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Eames Herman Miller Contura 670/671 Chair and Ottoman in Louis Vuitton Fabric
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Charles Eames for Herman Miller 670/671 Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 2021
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Eames Lemon Yellow Zenith Rope-Edge, RAR Rocker by Herman Miller
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Eames Aluminum Group management chair in leather for Herman Miller
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Eames Designed Radio by Emerson and Evans Products, 1946
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Rare Dark Green / Rosewood Eames 670 Lounge Chair W/ Ottoman
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Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Located in Cincinnati, OH
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Charles And Ray Eames furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Charles and Ray Eames furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Charles and Ray Eames furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 714 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 2 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Charles and Ray Eames were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Herman Miller, Milo Baughman, and Dunbar. Prices for Charles and Ray Eames furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $200 and can go as high as $75,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,496.
Questions About Charles and Ray Eames Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 21, 2024
    Charles and Ray Eames were related by marriage. Charles studied architecture and industrial design. Ray (née Bernice Alexandra Kaiser) was an artist who studied under painter Hans Hofmann. They met in 1940 at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit and married the next year. Shop a selection of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Yes, Charles Eames chairs are comfortable. The Eameses — Charles and Ray — were fascinated by ergonomics and designed chairs with comfort in mind. The legendary mid-century modernist designer-couple famously called their Eames lounge chair and ottoman “a special refuge from the strains of modern living” and described their design as having the “warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”

    While the couple’s DCW chairs, introduced in the 1940s, prioritized ease of production and affordability of materials, the Eames lounger, which debuted in 1956, was Charles and Ray’s interpretation of luxury furniture. And to the Eameses, luxury meant, above all, comfort.

    Find vintage Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    To pronounce Eames, say EEMS. The correct pronunciation rhymes with the word “seems.” Eames is the surname of designers Charles and Ray Eames, known for their pioneering mid-century modern furniture designs, such as the Eames Lounge Chair. On 1stDibs, explore a wide range of Eames furniture from some of the world's top dealers.
  • 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 ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Yes, Eames is mid-century modern. In many ways, Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and they have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century. Some of the couple's most famous mid-century modern designs include the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood chair and the Eames Fiberglass chair. Shop a wide range of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    No, Plycraft is not the same as Eames. Plycraft is the name of an American furniture manufacturer founded in the early 1950s in Massachusetts. Eames refers to Charles and Ray Eames, two of the most celebrated furniture designers of the 20th century. After marrying in 1941, Charles and Ray moved to Los Angeles, where they established the Eames Office and eventually built their lifelong residence, the Eames House in Pacific Palisades as part of the Case Study House Program. Their designs are among Herman Miller’s most popular products of all time. Plycraft founder Paul Goldman was the company’s principal designer, but George Mulhauser and Norman Cherner were also enlisted to create furniture for the brand. On 1stDibs, shop vintage Eames furniture (and Plycraft, too).
  • 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
    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.

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