Learn about Eames, Charles and Ray

Born in 1907, Charles Eames developed an interest in engineering and architecture, which he studied at Washington University.

In 1929, while traveling in Europe, he was influenced by the Modernist Movement through the works of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Gropius. In 1938 Eames began studying at Cranbrook Academy of Art, sponsored by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen.

There he met his future wife, Ray Kaiser. Ray assisted Eames and Saarinen’s son Eero on projects for ‘The Organic Design in Home Furnishings’ competition at New York Museum of Modern Art, held in 1940, where they won the two first prizes. Their exhibits utilized innovative manufacturing techniques including a method for moulding plywood.

Eames continued working on the plywood moulding technique, and developed the ‘Kazam! Machine’, a press for moulding plywood, which lead to a commission by the US Navy for limb splints.

Now married, the Eames’ continued their work on plywood furniture, including a moulded plywood chair, which won the accolade ‘chair of the century’ from architectural critic, Esther McCoy. more...

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An Eames tall lounge chair and ottoman, circa late 1960's, in black leather and walnut wood

Six Eames, Herman Miller office chairs. All original, 1993. Model EA334. (Three shown)

Charles and ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), four aluminium group chairs, manufactured by ICF, with black woven leather seats, cast aluminium and enamelled steel frames, on swivel bases, stamped to base 'Herman Miller' (4), height 84

Charles and ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), two aluminium group chairs, designed c. 1958, manufactured by Herman Miller, black upholstered channel seats, on cast aluminium and enamelled steel swivel bases, stamp 'Herman Miller' to ba

Charles and ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), two shell chairs, designed c. 1953, manufactured by Herman Miller, white molded fiberglass seats, on black enamelled steel swivel bases, stamped 'Herman Miller' (2), height 80 cm, labels: c

Charles and ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), four aluminium group chairs, manufactured by ICF, with woven leather seats, cast aluminium and enamelled steel frames, on swivel bases, stamped to base 'Herman Miller' (4), height 84 cm

A Scandinavian black leather upholstered swivel chair, together with an Eames style footstool

Charles & Ray Eames pair of model EA 117 group chairs for Herman Miller, grey leather and polished aluminium, 86 cm high, 58 cm deep, 45 cm wide, designed c1958, America

Charles & Ray Eames pair of model Ea 117 group chairs for Herman Miller, grey leather and polished aluminium, 86 cm high, 58 cm deep, x 45 cm wide, designed c1958, America

Charles & Ray Eames four model EA 117 group chairs for Herman Miller, grey leather and polished aluminium, 86 cm high, 58 cm deep, 45cm wide, designed c1958, America

Charles & Ray Eames, pair of Soft Pad series group chair for Herman Miller, grey leather and polished aluminium, 86 cm high, 50 cm wide, 40 cm deep, designed c1969, America

Charles & ray Eames pair of 'Dax' chairs for Herman Miller, Fibreglass, rubber and steel, 75 cm high, 63 cm wide, 62 cm deep, designed 1950s, America

Charles & Ray Eames. Swivel chair. Fibreglass and aluminium. Manufactured by Herman Miller. America c1950s

Charles & Ray Eames. Laminated table and four swivel chairs. Fibreglass and aluminium. Manufactured by Herman Miller. America c1950s

Charles & Ray Eames. Soft Pad series Model EA435 chairs. Grey leather and aluminium. Manufactured by Herman Miller. Designed in 1969. America

Charles & Ray Eames. Pair of aluminium group chairs. Grey leather and aluminium. Manufactured by Herman Miller. Designed in 1958. America

Charles & Ray Eames. Pair of Soft Pad series Model EA435 chairs. Grey leather and aluminium. Manufactured by Herman Miller. Designed in 1969. America

Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra, a set of six DSR chairs, with white plastic seats., factory labels and impressed marks to the base.

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, lounge chair and ottoman model 670 and 671, in black leather with walnut shell., Herman Miller label to the underside of the chair.

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Eight DCM Dining Chairs, designed 1946, manufactured by Herman Miller, ebonised plywood seats and backs, with chromed tubular steel legs, height 76 cm

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Soft Pad Office Chair, manufactured by Herman Miller, cast aluminium and enamelled steel, black leather upholstered seat, on swivel base, height 85 cm

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Six DCW Chairs, designed 1945, manufactured by Herman Miller, moulded plywood, bearing 'Herman Miller' label to underside of base, (6), height 73 cm, width 50 cm, depth 53 cm

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), 670 Lounge Chair and 671 Ottoman, designed 1956, rosewood plywood frame, with black leather upholstery, on cast and enamelled aluminium swivel base, labelled 'designed by Charles Eames Herman Mille

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Six DCM Dining Chairs, designed 1946, manufactured by Herman Miller, moulded plywood back and seat upholstered in black fabric on a black tubular steel frame, the legs terminating in nylon glide fe

Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller, DCW moulded plywood chair c1950s, with original label to underside

Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller short back aluminium swivel chair lighter green naugahyde leather

Charles and ray Eames for Herman Miller, lounge chair and ottoman, model 670 and 671, in black leather with oiled walnut shell. Herman Miller label to the underside of each

Charles and ray Eames for Herman Miller, aluminium group soft pad executive office chair, with cream leather upholstery

A pair of Charles and Ray Eames D chairs 76 cm high, 50 cm wide, 43 cm deep, chair height 40 cm

A pair of 1960's Charles and Ray Eames ES104 lobby chairs manufactured by Herman Miller. Black leather on aluminium chrome base 80 cm high, 75 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A pair of 1960's Charles and Ray Eames ES104 lobby chairs manufactured by Herman Miller. Black leather aluminium chrome base 80 cm high, 75 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A set of four Charles and Ray Eames DKX Bikini pad chairs with original blue vinyl fabric (A/F to one chair) 83 cm high, 48 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A set of ten Eames Vitra dining chairs, including eight side chairs and two arm chairs chrome plated supports and Vitra recyclable VSR polypropylene. Chairs 80 cm high, 46 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A Charles and Ray Eames 670 lounge chair and 671 Ottoman, designed 1956 dsigned for Herman Miller, rosewood, steel, original leather upholstery, retaining Herman Miller sticker to Ottoman (2), the chair 80cm high, 87cm wide, 80 cm deep; the ottoman 41 cm h

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988). Six aluminium group chairs manufactured by Herman Miller, with moulded woven leather seats, cast aluminium and enamelled steel frames, on swivel bases and wheels, (6)

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988). Four aluminium group chairs manufactured by Herman Miller, with moulded woven leather seats, cast aluminium and enamelled steel frames, on swivel bases, stamp 'Herman Miller' to base (4)

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988). Three aluminium group chairs manufactured by Herman Miller, cast aluminium and enamelled steel, black leather upholstered channel seats, on swivel bases, stamp 'Herman Miller' to base (3)

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988). Two lobby chair ES 104, designed circa 1960 manufactured by Herman Miller, with red leather, chromed casted aluminium tilt back base (2)

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988). Two aluminium group chairs manufactured by Herman Miller, cast aluminium and enamelled steel, white and black leather upholstered channel seats, on swivel bases, stamp 'Herman Miller' to base (2)

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988). Seven Dcm dining chairs, designed 1946 manufactured by Herman Miller, ash plywood seats and backs, with chromed tubular steel legs (7)

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988). Six aluminium group chairs manufactured by Herman Miller, with green moulded woven leather seats, cast aluminium and enamelled steel frames, on swivel bases and wheels, (6)

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