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Charles and Ray Eames Decorative Objects

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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
Mid-Century Modern Charles & Ray Eames Wood Leg Splint Sculpture 1940s
By Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is this rare Charles & Ray Eames sculptural leg splint, designed for the US Navy, this iconic sculpture was crafted using birch and molded plywood. Dimensions:...
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1940s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Decorative Objects

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Classic Modernist Charles and Ray Eames Arm Shell Lounge Chair, Zenith
By Zenith, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
First generation, circa 1950 Charles and Ray Eames. Museum quality, sea foam green arm shell lounge chair made by Zenith Plastic Co./ Herman Miller. Features amazing exposed fibers, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Decorative Objects

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Zinc

Mid Century Ray and Charles Eames Leg Splint for Evans Products
By Evans Products Company, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid century WWII leg splint created by Charles and Ray Eames for Evans Products Company, 1943. Specifically designed for the US Navy, this iconic piece of history is sculpturally cra...
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1940s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Decorative Objects

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Charles and Ray Eames Plywood Folding Screen / Divider,, F S 6,,, Herman Miller
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning vintage plywood divider by Charles and Ray Eames, for Herman Miller. Model “FSW-6” (folding screen wood) was designed and released to market in 1946. Consists of six adjusta...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Decorative Objects

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Fabric, Plywood

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Charles and Ray Eames decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs

Charles and Ray Eames decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of decorative objects by Charles and Ray Eames, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 5 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original decorative objects by Charles and Ray Eames were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider decorative objects by Herman Miller, Irving Harper and Rude Osolnik when they are looking for additional options. Prices for decorative objects by Charles and Ray Eames can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,200 and tops out at $6,400, while pieces like these can sell for $2,750 on average.

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