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Mid-century designers: Ray and Charles Eames

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As we gear up for our move to 15 E. State Street next month, we're introducing a semi-regular blog series featuring mid-century designers and their iconic creations. All objects have stories and  we hope you enjoy learning about their history as much as we do!

Kicking off the series is American design team Ray and Charles Eames. In 1940, Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser and Charles Eames met while working together at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. They married the following year. For the next 50 years, the couple collaborated on projects in the fields of architecture, furniture design, film, and fine arts. 

Ray and Charles Eames

Ray and Charles Eames

The Eameses were equal partners throughout their marriage and professional relationship. Though Charles was often solely credited on his projects, it's become evident that Ray was heavily involved in all of Charles's work. Ray and Charles also collaborated with other designers of the time, including Finnish-American Eero Saarinen, with whom they had a close friendship.   

The Eames's home in Pacific Palisades, CA 

The Eames's home in Pacific Palisades, CA 

Many of the Eames's designs have become iconic symbols of the 1950s and 60s. Through their designs, the couple pioneered new technologies including molded plywood, fiberglass, plastic resin, and wire mesh. 

Eames DKW-1 chair manufactured by Herman Miller, 1952-1954. Due to their delicate wooden leg joints, it is rare to find these chairs in tact. We currently have two of these in stock!

Eames DKW-1 chair manufactured by Herman Miller, 1952-1954. Due to their delicate wooden leg joints, it is rare to find these chairs in tact. We currently have two of these in stock!

The iconic Eames lounger and ottoman (ca. 1956) are still sought-after items. 

The iconic Eames lounger and ottoman (ca. 1956) are still sought-after items. 

Eames molded plastic side chair with wooden dowel legs, 1950.

Eames molded plastic side chair with wooden dowel legs, 1950.

We love the simplicity and comfort of the Eames design. Keep an eye out for great Eames products here at Reconsidered Home!