Charles & Ray Eames. A golden pair but ofcourse two very special and talented persons separetely as well. They are inseparable but also have their own talents and story. Time to get to know them a bit better…
Charles Eames was a American designer, architect and movie director. He was responsible for a lot of classic designs in the 20th century. Charles Eames was born as Charles Ormond Eames Jr. When he was 14 he began working at the Laclede Steel Company as an employee. Here, he learned a lot about drawing architectually. After his time here, he began studying architecture at the Washington University. Not much later Eames was sent off the university because his vision on architecture was too modern for that time.
In 1941 Charles divorced from his first wife, Caterina. He married again with his employee: Ray Kaiser. In 1977 he made a documentary with his wife Ray: Case Study House where Eames showed how they designed his house. Charles was definately a source of inspiration for many of his colleagues. The models which he designed can be seen everywhere around the world nowadays. Especially the lounge chair is a showpiece from the collection and is still loved till date.
Ray Kaiser is of course widely known as Ray Eames. After she married Charles she became famous. Ray Kaiser was an American artist, designer, architect and movie director. In her youth she lived in many cities but in 1931 she moved to New York. In September 1940 she met Charles Eames. Together they directed the documentary Powers of Ten. Ray died exactly ten years after her husband Charles.
From 1941 until 1943 Charles and Ray designed and produced stretchers made out of multiplex. In 1946 they together had a exposition with experimental furniture in New York. Ironically the pair began to focus more on photography and filmmaking when being in the New York Museum of Modern Art.
Charles and Ray have given the company Vitra an extra dimension. Besides this they influenced this company in a very particular way. In 1957 the company began to export more and more furniture. Not only the furniture made a bold statement, also their designphilosophy. Because the pair had a different perspective on certain things they created a lot of suprising designs.