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Charles Eames

“For more than four decades, American designers Charles and Ray Eames helped shape nearly every facet of American life” says the MET on the man who defined an era.

Charles Eames was born in 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended school there and developed an interest in engineering and architecture. After attending Washington University in St. Louis on scholarship for two years and being thrown out for his advocacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, he began working in an architectural office.  

An industrial designer and a lover of aesthetics, he and his wife, Ray Kaiser Eames shaped a century. “From their architecture, furniture, and textile designs to their photography and corporate design, the husband-and-wife team exerted a profound influence on the visual character of daily life in America, whether at work or at home. Their pioneering use of new materials and technologies, notably plywood and plastics, transformed the way Americans furnished their homes, introducing functional, affordable, and often highly sculptural objects and furnishings to many middle-class Americans.” Eames Official Site

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