Some designers deserve more, much more
That's just the way it is. Some designers deserve more attention than a small piece of text on your website. One of them is Ray and Charles Eames. This designer duo is known worldwide and has meant a lot to the industry. Who were they and where did they get their creativity from?
Charles was born in 1907 in St. Louis. He studied architecture. In 1941, he married Ray Kaiser (later Ray Eames). Ray was born in 1912 and studied painting in New York.
For two years, Ray and Charles designed and developed stretchers and leg splints. They made these from plywood. In 1946 their experimental furniture, also made of plywood, was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1948 they took part in a low-cost-furniture competition. With this they built the Eames House as their own private residence. A building you can still visit today (be sure to do so!).
But why did Charles and Ray mean so much? Why did they make it this far? High time to take a look at just that. It is not by chance that they made it this way. Nothing happens by itself, including the success of Ray and Charles Eames.
The search for clarity on markings of the Eames Fibreglass Tubes
There is a lot of talk about dates because of the logos you can find on the tubs of Eames. You will find many contradictions here. There is also not much known about it, so that makes it difficult. There are so many bases, colours and logos that it doesn't make it any easier.
Want to know if your fiberglass Eameschair also has a logo? Then always look at the bottom of the chair. Usually the marking or label is at the front, if not, it is in the middle between the shock mounts (where the chassis is connected).
I have listed some markers and indications of dates for you:
No markings at all = 2nd generation Zenith (Venice CA studio) 1952-1954 (but some of these still have the red Venice label).
3 embossed dots and no other markings = 3 generation Zenith, possibly 1954-1956 ... the dots are found in the middle between 4 shock mounts.
2 triangles = made 1955 to 1959 (usually has no other markings, or just the H or just "Herman Miller")
Circle "S" and "Herman Miller" embossed = later Summit c. 1960s to at least mid-1970s (many of these also have paper label and HM logo)
C with a star = Milacron Cincinnati c. 1960 - unknown until when
In addition, fibreglass shells with stamps are also known:
Such as the round stamp "Summit Prime", "AX", the big "Z", etc., and the stamped seats with date with the current day of the year. Often on the paper label from 1957 onwards.
And numerous other relief features not mentioned before, such as the rare little reverse "Z" (or zig-zaggy "S") in the middle of the three small dots and the indented "flame".
Do you have more information on this? Let us know about it!