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Charles & Ray Eames

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Husband and wife, Charles and Ray Eames, are arguably the most influential and pioneering designers of the mid 20th century movement with work spanning furniture design, film making, architecture and even toy development.

During the Second World War they experimented with techniques for bending plywood to produce leg splints, that were simple to use, transport, and most importantly cheap to form. These experiments helped forge the way for their later furniture designs, specifically the now iconic plywood group of chairs.

As fibreglass became available in the 1950s they were quick to adopt and experiment with the new technology and over the following decades numerous designs flowed from the Eames office, many of which were as revolutionary as the earlier plywood group.

From the Aluminium Group of the 1950s to the sculptural La Chaise, so advanced it was only successfully put into production in 1990 iconic design followed iconic design. Possibly the most recognisable is the Lounge Chair design of 1956, an updated American version of the classic Englishman’s club chair, intended to be as receptive as a well used baseball mitt.

The furniture designed by Eames is manufactured today in Europe by Vitra, the sole licensee of the catalogue.

 

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