Monday, February 2, 2009

Chair #33

—Designed by Charles and Ray Eames

This dedicated American duo left quite a mark on the design world. When Charles married Ray in 1941, their devotion to each other, artistic vision, and exceptional talent fully flourished, establishing them as a great husband-and-wife team. Their synergy produced pioneering works of architecture and modern design such as this classic chair from 1945, the LCW chair. In 1985 they were named “Most Influential Designer of the 20th Century,” by WORLDESIGN. By the way the LCW stands for “low chair wood”, but all you really need to know is that it’s a sleek, moulded, curvy plywood. Charles died August 21, 1978. Ray died ten years later to the day. The were in sync right to the end!

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Charles Eames asked the same questions with each project they undertook: Does it interest and intrigue us? Can we make it better? Will we have “serious fun” doing it? Love that.

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“The details are not details, they make the product”  
       —Charles Eames 

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