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Whether you’re a vintage enthusiast or a newbie, there’s always a new factoid that is out there for you to learn about some of the world’s most influential designers! If you’re hitting the flea markets or scrolling through the classifieds, then you’re no stranger to Eames and their famous furniture designs—but how much do you actually know about the designers responsible for these pieces that keep on giving.
1. There isn’t one person behind the globally admired Eames designs. Although Charles Eames’ name is what appeared in many catalogs, this was actually a husband and wife design duo with his wife and design partner, Ray, having equal responsibility.
2. Charles designed award winning furniture for New York’s Museum of Modern Art “Organic Design in Home Furnishing” competition with Eero Saarinen. Their work showcased the new technique of wood molding, which Charles would further develop into chairs and other furniture, splints and stretchers for the US Navy during World War II.
3. Both Charles and Ray are highly influential names in the field of architecture as well as furniture design. As part of the Arts & Architecture magazine’s “Case Study” program, Charles and Ray designed and built the Eames House, Case Study House #8, as their own home. It’s location in California is considered a milestone for modern architecture.
4. All of the commercial and graphic art of the Eames brand is attributed to Ray and her artistic background. Twenty-six covers for Arts & Architecture from 1942 to 1948 were designed by her as well as the majority of Eames furniture advertisements for Herman Miller.
5. Charles and Ray also made many films. The short films they produced covered a variety of their personal interests from furniture design to travel. One of their most famous, Power of Ten, is a dramatic demonstration of the orders of magnitude.