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Charles and Ray Eames Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

Charles Eames and Ray Eames (USA, 1907–78; 1912—88)
Charles Eames and Ray Eames (USA, 1907–78; 1912—88)

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 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.

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Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Mid Century ESU Storage Unit
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in La Grange, IL
Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller mid century ESU 2 x 2 storage unit Storage unit measures: 47.25 wide x 16.75 deep x 32.5 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what w...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Midcentury Eames ESU 200 for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this ESU designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. This is the rarer second series produced in 1951. All original condition and ready for use.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Charles and Ray Eames Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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1940s Multicolored Plywood, Fiberglass, Metal ESU Shelf Charles & Ray Eames
By Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Charles and Ray Eames storage unit featuring five drawers in the middle area. Side and back panels feature a color combination of grey, beige and black. The shelf comes in good origi...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Charles and Ray Eames Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Original Midcentury Eames Desk for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles Eames
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this nicely preserved Eames Desk Unit (EDU) part of the ESU series. This all original desk shows honest and little for its age. All drawers function perfect...
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Charles & Ray Eames ESU 400 N Storage Unit
By Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Charles & Ray Eames ESU 400 N Storage Unit for Herman Miller. Our second edition example is from 1953, one of the few from the short production period between 1952-1955. The de...
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