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LCW, Lounge Chair, 1945
ESU, Storage Units, 1950
Lounge chair, Model no.670&Ottoman, Model no.671, 1956
Charles Eames

Born in 1907 St. Louis, USA
Died in 1978, USA

. studied architecture in University of St.Louis,
. established his first architectural office in St.Louis with Charles Gray in 1930, later joined by Walter Pauley, office worked till 1934,
. established a new partnership with Robert Walsh in 1935,
. accepted to Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Michigan in 1936,
. designed the Meyer House in Huntleigh Village in 1937, during the creation process of this project he met Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen and his son Eero Saarinen,
. offered a fellowship in Cranbrook Academy of Arts by in Eliel Saarinen 1938 for studying design and architecture,
. appointed as the head of industrial design department, Cranbrook Academy in 1940,
. worked with Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen and Ray Kaiser,
. won the first prize with Eero Saarinen at the “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition organized by New York Museum of Modern Art’s,
. married to the designer Ray Kaiser in 1941,
. after the wedding Charles and Ray moved to California where they work on furniture design with molding plywood,
. worked as a set designer for MGM in 1941,
. designed and produced plywood splints and litters for US Navy during the Second World War (1942-1945),
. exhibited his works in the exhibition “New Furniture by Charles Eames” at MoMA’s in 1946,
. Won the second prize in the “International Competition of Low-Cost Furniture Design” organized by MoMA’s in 1948. For this competition he created the innovative design: series of mass-producible moulded fiberglass chairs,
. contract Storage System designed by Eames’ first shown at the exhibition of “For Modern Living” at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1949,
. produced films for IBM and the US Government,
. designed highly innovated furniture of 1950s and 1960s with his wife Ray Eames for Herman Miller Furniture Company such as the Aluminium Group Seating (1958),
. famous with his plywood furnitures and chairs made of moulded glass-fiber-reinforced polyester shells with metal-rod legs,
. developed projects on film-making, toy-making, photography and exhibition design,
. awarded with the gold medal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1978.

famous works:
Plywood Animals for Children (the Toy, the Little Toy, the House of Cards), 1944
LCW (Lounge Chair Wood), 1945
LCM (Lounge Chair Metal), 1946
La Chaise, 1948
ESU (Storage Units), 1950 for Herman Miller
DAR (Dining Armchair Rod), 1950
DKW-2 (Dining Bikini Wood), 1951
Lounge chair, Model no.670, 1956 for Herman Miller
Ottoman, Model no.671, 1956 for Herman Miller
Aluminum Group Model, 1958
Mathematica, 1961
Nehru: His Life and His India, 1965
A Computer Perspective, 1971
Copernicus, 1972
The World of Franklin and Jefferson, 1975-1977

short films:
A Communications Primer, 1953
Tops, 1969
Powers of Ten, 1977

Charles Eames Products in Designpedia

Plywood Elephant
[1940-1949]

LCW
[1940-1949]

ESU
[1940-1949]

Eames Lounge Chair
[1950-1959]

Aluminum Group
[1950-1959]

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