Charles and Ray Eames

February 22, 2010

Charles and Ray Eames were American designers, married in 1941, who worked and made major contributions in many fields of design including industrial design, furniture design, art, graphic design, film and architecture.  The Eameses pioneered innovative technologies, such as the fiberglass, plastic resin chairs and the wire mesh chairs. Short films produced by the couple often document their interests in collecting toys and cultural artifacts on their travels.

My personal favorite design by the Eameses is the plywood elephant chair.  Charles and Ray Eames were fascinated by elephants. Many images of elephants are found in Charles’ photographic documentations of Indian culture and the circus world. The Plywood Elephant was designed in 1945 as a toy for children, but also as a striking sculptural object.

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