Many people may recognize the name Charles Eames. Many may recognize the name Ray Eames as well. If you don’t know them, it’s time to brush up. If their story is not an inspiration, I don’t know what is. A partnership is rarely ever as successful as the one between these two people. The dream was made in the 1930’s, and was born out of Cranbrook Academy of Art where Charles was a fellow, and Ray studied in her early years. The two took to each other quickly, recognizing each other’s passion and creativity for everything and anything – and turned it into a marriage of love – and innovative minds. One of my favorite quotes about the two comes from their grandson who summed up their relationship accurately and beautifully.
“Charles was trained as an architect, Ray as a painter, but they had a holistic collaboration, where each was the other’s most important sounding board,” he said. “Their collaboration was always blurring the line between technology and art, and their designs flowed from an understanding of the materials and the needs of the user.”
This dynamic husband and wife duo pioneered American design in architecture, engineering, technology, photography, film – just to name a few of their areas of expertise – and created pieces that have became monumental to a great era of design. Among these pieces, La Chaise, the Eames Lounge Chair, and molded Stacking Side Chairs and are just as sought after today as they were from day one.