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Charles and Ray Eames

Charles Eames (1907–1978) and his wife, Ray Eames (1912–1988) were American designers who made significant contributions to modern architecture and industrial design. These Cranbrook Academy of Art grads turned mid-century-modernist power couple are a case study in excellent design. Charles and Ray’s prolific partnership took shape with the molded plywood chair in the 1940s, but the duo also dabbled in film, exhibition installations, toys, and even a miniature train in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park.

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Eames Child's Chair

When Ray and Charles designed this birch-veneer piece in the 1940s, they did a short run of only 5,000. Today, the piece is reproduced by Vitra and carried elsewhere, but this one is an original produced by the Molded Plywood Division of Evans Products. The heart shape at the back is meant to be a hold for tiny fingers.

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Eames Elliptical Table

Introduced in 1951, this table has a wire frame and a top made of veneer, laminate, or baltic birch.

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Eames House Bird

Produced in Appalachia in the 1910s, this anonymous black bird from the Eames House rose to stardom in the 1950s when it appeared in silhouette with a group of DKR chairs. From 3-D scans of the original comes this solid wood reproduction.

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Eames Rocker

Designed in 1948, this was the first plastic chair to be mass produced. Today's chairs are true to the originals and are fully authentic, with updated materials to meet environmental requirements. Select from five shell colors.

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Sea Things Tray

In 1944, Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and George Nelson each designed trays--along with other simple household goods--featuring now iconic patterns. The classic trays, including the Eameses' Sea Things Tray, are available through Vitra.

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