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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Charles & Ray Eames tulip table & six chairs for Herman Miller, Fibreglass, beige covers, white laminate and polished aluminium, America, c 1960s, table 74 cm high, 120 cm deep, chairs 80 cm high, 62 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Charles & Ray Eames pair of group chairs, original green fabric on enameled base., America, designed 1954, 88 cm high, 62 cm wide, 70 cm deep

Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair and Ottoman, manufactured by Herman Miller, models 670 & 671, in black leather upholstery and rosewood veneer, purchased Matisse, Auckland c. 2008, chair: 80 cm high, 85 cm wide, 75 cm deep, Ottoman: 44 cm high, 67 cm

Charles & Ray Eames pair of moulded plywood lounge chairs (Lcw), manufactured by Herman Miller, purchased from Matisse, Auckland c. 2007, 67 cm high, 55 cm wide, 58 cm deep (each)

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), pair of shell chairs, designed c. 1953, manufactured by Herman Miller, molded fiberglass shell and steel, retains manufacturer's label (2), height 79 cm

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), pair of aluminium group chairs, designed 1958, manufactured by Herman Miller, aluminium frames and bases, cream leather channel seats, retain manufacturer's labels (2), height 88 cm

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, USA, rare 1955-1957 fibreglass DAR chair, with Eiffel Tower base, Herman Miller impressed mark to underside of shell, height 79 cm

Charles & Ray Eames group chair, grey mesh seat, aluminium polished metal, America, designed 1958

Charles & Ray Eames Dsw pair of chairs for Vitra, moulded plastic on metal and wood base, America, designed 1956

Charles & Ray Eames group chair for Herman Miller, fabric on polished aluminium, America, designed 1958

Charles & Ray Eames chair for Herman Miller, Fibreglass, polished aluminium legs, America, 79 cm high, 55 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Charles & Ray Eames six Dsw chairs for Vitra, Polypropylene, wooden legs, Amercia, c 2000s, 44 cm high, 48 cm wide, 54 cm deep

Charles & Ray Eames pair of group chairs for Herman Miller, grey leather and polished aluminium, America, designed 1958, 86 cm high, 58 cm wide, 45 cm deep

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Seven DCM Chairs, designed 1946, manufactured by Herman Miller, moulded plywood and chromed steel, retain labels (7), height 76 cm

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Four DSW Dining Chairs, designed c. 1948, manufactured by Vitra, plastic shell seat with timber and black wire base, three white chairs and one green, all retaining Vitra labels (4), height 81 cm,

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Eight DCM Chairs, designed 1946, manufactured by Herman Miller, moulded plywood in ebony finish and chromed steel, retain labels (8), height 76 cm. Provenance: purchased from Workarena, 2005

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Lobby Chair ES 104, designed c. 1960, manufactured by Herman Miller, red leather, chromed aluminium tilt back base. Provenance: from the boardroom of Lend Lease, Australia Square, Sydney, built by

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Two Lobby Chairs ES 104, designed c. 1960, manufactured by Herman Miller, red leather, chromed aluminium tilt back base (2). Provenance: from the boardroom of Lend Lease, Australia Square, Sydney,

Charles and Ray Eames lounge chair and ottoman for Herman Miller, leather, rosewood on metal base, certificate of authenticity supplied, America, c 2016, 81 cm high, 84 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A set of nine Ultra Eames original aluminium group chairs.

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Two Aluminium Group Chairs, designed 1958, manufactured by Herman Miller, cast aluminium and enamelled steel, black leather upholstered channel seats, on swivel bases, stamped 'Herman Miller

Charles and Ray Eames (American, 1907-1978 and 1912-1988), Office Shell Chair, designed c. 1953, fibreglass shell with brown wool upholstery, on swivel base, height 84 cm width 64 cm depth 56 cm

A Charles and Ray Eames, 670 lounge chair, and, 671 Ottoman stool, c.1970s, made under licence by ICF Italy, with label, manufactured with rosewood ply moulded seat and back with original leather upholstery, the bases and back support with aluminium and st

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 RayEames (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 bas

Charles and RayEames (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: cf

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. 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

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