Did you know? The husband and wife team of Charles and Bernice Alexandra “Ray” Eames, made furniture design history with their iconic Eames Lounge Chair (1956). The duo also made quite a splash in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and even film! For over four decades (1943-1988) the former California based Bay Cities Garage operated as the Eames Office producing both functional and artistic furniture designs. The Eames partnership pioneered new technologies including fiberglass furniture, plastic resin chairs as well as innovative designs featuring wire mesh. The Eames Office was a truly diversified workplace that made it a point to hire locals, veterans and housewives. In the 1940s, the dynamic couple designed and built the groundbreaking Eames House, located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as their home. The structure, consisting of pre-fabricated steel and glass parts, was erected in just days and is still regarded as a milestone in modern architecture. The Eameses are also credited with the production of 125 short films (1950-1982). Charles and Ray, in 1979, were presented with the prestigious Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Original examples of the Eames Team’s designs are still among the most highly sought after and collected items in the furniture category.
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