Charles and Bernice “Ray” Eames were the ultimate designer power couple. Together, they created a revolutionary change in furniture design.
Charles, an architect trained at Washington University at St. Louis, moved to Michigan in 1938 to become a teacher and head of the industrial design department Cranbrook Academy of Art. It was there that he met “Ray” Kaiser, an abstract artist and colleague at Cranbrook, who helped him develop the molded plywood technique that is the key to the Eames Lounge Chair. They married in 1941.
Charles and Ray partnered on a number of projects, including the award-winning Eames House and multiple home and furniture designs. They pioneered the use of materials like fiberglass, plastic resin, and wire mesh in furniture design. The Eames Lounge Chair, though, is their most well-known work. The iteration veneration today was designed in 1956 and created primarily made out of plywood and leather. It’s sleek lines and comfortable upholstery made the chair an instant hit.
Today, Eames designs continue to influence works by both big name manufacturers and small, upscale designers alike. Charles and Ray’s firm continues to be hired for furniture design, though neither designer is still alive.
Now, you can own a piece of design history – the Eames Shell Chair was designed and created for distribution to the public. The chair comes in multiple colors and can be upholstered if desired. Another cool feature of the chair is the multiple leg options to choose from including a fun rocker style to relax. Both the lounge and shell chair are utilized today.