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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles and Ray Eames

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Clowns, churches, and an aquarium: Find out how far the boundless curiosity of Ray and Charles Eames stretched.
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  Max De Pree House
Designed in 1954, the Zeeland, Michigan home of Max De Pree—son of Herman Miller founder D.J. De Pree, and later the CEO—melded local style and history with Scandinavian cool, including a sleek vertical shape and a cedar exterior.
Photo credit: chicagogeek, via Creative Commons
    Max De Pree House

    Designed in 1954, the Zeeland, Michigan home of Max De Pree—son of Herman Miller founder D.J. De Pree, and later the CEO—melded local style and history with Scandinavian cool, including a sleek vertical shape and a cedar exterior.

    Photo credit: chicagogeek, via Creative Commons

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  Revell Toy House
In 1959, Charles and Ray Eames prototyped what might have been the coolest of Mid-Century Modern collectible; a dollhouse done in the modern style of their own home, outfitted with miniature models of Eames’ furniture.
Photo credit: The Shopping Sherpa via Creative Commons
    Revell Toy House

    In 1959, Charles and Ray Eames prototyped what might have been the coolest of Mid-Century Modern collectible; a dollhouse done in the modern style of their own home, outfitted with miniature models of Eames’ furniture.

    Photo credit: The Shopping Sherpa via Creative Commons

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  Eames Airport Seating
Developed for O'Hare Airport in 1962, Eames Tandem Seating epitomizes rational, situation-specific design, and is probably the most popular chair designed by the Eames.
Photo courtesy Herman Miller
    Eames Airport Seating

    Developed for O'Hare Airport in 1962, Eames Tandem Seating epitomizes rational, situation-specific design, and is probably the most popular chair designed by the Eames.

    Photo courtesy Herman Miller

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  India Report and the National Institute of Design
Created for the Indian government by Ray and Charles in 1958, the India Report laid our a framework for developing design in India and advocated the opening of a design school. The National Institute of Design, pictured above, opened in Ahmedabad in 1961.
Photo credit: Déborah Heissler via Creative Commons
    India Report and the National Institute of Design

    Created for the Indian government by Ray and Charles in 1958, the India Report laid our a framework for developing design in India and advocated the opening of a design school. The National Institute of Design, pictured above, opened in Ahmedabad in 1961.

    Photo credit: Déborah Heissler via Creative Commons

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