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Ray and Charles Eames

Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907–1978) and Bernice Alexandra "Ray" (née Kaiser) Eames (1912–1988) were American designers, who worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. They also worked in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film. In 1970–71, Charles Eames gave the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. At the lectures, the Eames viewpoint and philosophy are related through Charles' own telling of what he called the banana leaf parable, a banana leaf being the most basic dish off which to eat in southern India. He related the progression of design and its process where the banana leaf is transformed into something fantastically ornate. He explains the next step and ties it to the design process by finishing the parable with: But you can go beyond that and the guys that have not only means, but a certain amount of knowledge and understanding, go the next step and they eat off of a banana leaf. And I think that in these times when we fall back and regroup, that somehow or other, the banana leaf parable sort of got to get working there, because I'm not prepared to say that the banana leaf that one eats off of is the same as the other eats off of, but it's that process that has happened within the man that changes the banana leaf. And as we attack these problems—and I hope and I expect that the total amount of energy used in this world is going to go from high to medium to a little bit lower—the banana leaf idea might have a great part in it.

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Toys and games are preludes to serious ideas. pocketnoodle.co.u...

Rare Shot!

The Hang It All Coat Rack - 1953 Fun of color and functionality for children's rooms!

Rare Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen Chair

Eames Metal Business Card Case

House Industries Eames Century Modern typeface.

Evoking little antennas from old timey black and white TV’s, Charles and Ray Eames created this timeless mid-century pattern in 1947.

Circles was designed by Charles and Ray Eames for a 1947 textile competition at the Museum of Modern Art.

Maharam's Textiles of the 20th Century collection "pays homage to the great multi-disciplinarians of the last century and brings their enduring work in textiles back to life."

Eames' Dot Pattern Fabric by Maharam

Hang It All coat rack by Charles and Ray Eames

Name: RAR, Rocking Armchair Rod Designer: Charles & Ray EAMES Producer/year Zenith Plastics, 1948/50. Second production. No longer in production. Description: Armchair: fiberglas shell on rocker base, zinc plated, wood runners. Color: green, very rare! Big shockmounts.

Name: RAR, Rocking Armchair Rod Designer: Charles & Ray EAMES Producer/year Zenith Plastics, 1948/50. Second production. No longer in production. Description: Armchair: fiberglas shell on rocker base, zinc plated, wood runners. Color: green, very rare! Big shockmounts.

Full Scale Model of Chaise Longue (La Chaise)

Charles Eames and Ray Eames Eames Desk And Storage Units

Eames Fabric

Eames Wire Base Table

Plywood Sculpture by Ray and Charles Eames

Ray Eames

Ray, a painter who'd studied in New York under the renowned abstractionist Hans Hoffmann, brought vibrancy and color to the modernist work coming of the Eames office. The documentary rightfully credits her for an essential role in making the products commercially viable and successful.

Crosspatch, a fabric design by Ray Eames

Ray Eames: to Hofmann Love from Buddha (1940)

Wire, Vinyl & Wood Chairs

Eames Dot Coasters

Toccata For Toy Trains