Happy Birthday, Ray Eames!

This week marked the anniversary of legendary American designer Ray Eames' 101st birthday. In her honor, we've compiled a few of the late designer's works, ranging from iconic pieces like the molded plastic chair to lesser-known fan favorites, such as the walnut stool. How would you style these products into your home?
 
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  • Vitra Eames ESU Bookcase
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    In 1949, Charles and Ray Eames developed a new system of free-standing multifunctional shelves which - similar to the Eames House that dates from the same time - were constructed strictly in keeping with the principles of industrial mass production: the Eames Storage Units (ESU).
  • Vitra Eames House Bird
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    Charles & Ray Eames®, 1910. Solid Alder, steel. Made in Germany by Vitra. Charles and Ray Eames augmented the interior "collage" of the Eames House with numerous objects brought back from their extensive travels. The figure of a black wooden bird - evidently one of their most prized objects of American folk art - has stood in the center of their living room for over fifty years. Also seen as an accessory in many of the Eames' photographs, the bird figure was from the Appalachian mountain region of the eastern United States. Based on the original artifact and in cooperation with the Eames family, Vitra is now producing the first series of this figure. With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look." The Eames house bird is made from solid Alder with a black lacquer finish and steel wire legs. 11" h | 3.25" w | 11" L.
  • Charles and Ray Eames Eames Hang-It-All
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    With their Hang-It-All, Charles and Ray Eames elevated the everyday coat rack into something inventive and fun. First crafted with multicolored hooks and a white wire frame, new options expand the offering, all with fidelity to the sophistication—and sense of play—of the original.
  • herman miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocker
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    Designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Part of the Herman Miller Collection. What could be more charming than an Eames molded plastic rocker? Perfect for a protected porch or baby's room. These molded plastic armchairs by Charles and Ray Eames were the first industrially manufactured plastic chairs. Their clean, simple forms cradle the body. Today's chairs are authentic original design with updated, eco-friendly materials and manufacturing and a large selection of base, shell, and color combinations. Set atop what's commonly referred to as the Eames Eiffel base, this Rocker has maple runners. Charles and Ray Eames believed that comfort was as important as looks. The molded plastic chairs have comfort built in. The shell seats have high, flexible backs, deep seat pockets, and waterfall front edges so you can sit comfortably even for extended periods. Dimensions: 25"w, 24.5"d, 26.5"h. Seat 15"h. Made in the USA by Herman Miller.
  • Vitra Eames Wool Blanket
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    Designer: Charles + Ray Eames. Manufacturer: Vitra. Width: 135 cm. Length: 200 cm. Composition: 100% Merino Lamb’s Wool.
  • Vitra Eames Elephant Seat
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    Almost no other wild animal is as popular and well-known as the elephant. Admired for its majestic size and its inexhaustible strength, evoking smiles with its slow and sometimes apparently clumsy movement and loved for its proverbial good-humour and social behaviour. Charles and Ray Eames also succumbed to the charm of these pachyderms. This is clear from a photo series about circus elephants, but especially from the toy elephant which they developed in 1945 as part of their experiments with three-dimensional plywood shapes. Vitra is now marketing this design in a plastic version and thus for the first time is making it available to the target group for which it was originally intended: children. Whether as a toy (also for outdoor use) or as an item for children‘s bedrooms, this friendly-looking animal with its distinctive, huge floppy ears should make the heart of many a child and parent beat just that little bit stronger. dyed-through polypropylene, matt surface.
  • Eames® Molded Plastic Chair w/Walnut Dowel Legs
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    Enjoy an enduring combination of bright, recyclable polypropylene seating with a walnut base. Introduced at the Museum of Modern Art in 1948, these chairs remain functional and stylish today. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Part of the Herman Miller Collection. Room & Board is an Authorized Herman Miller Retailer.
  • Herman Miller Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table with Metal Base
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    Charles and Ray Eames applied the same breakthrough technology that resulted in their famous molded plywood chairs to create the simple, lightweight, imaginative Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table Wood Base in 1946. The Eames Molded Plywood Coffee Table Metal Base features the same dimpled top supported by slim metal legs. The surface of both versions is an eloquent example of the spirit of early Eames design. A round, slightly indented top creates a lean profile that forms a strikingly simple centerpiece in any residential or commercial space—whether surrounded by complementary molded plywood lounge chairs, or balancing out a sitting area with sofa seating. Lightweight, compact, and versatile, the table comes in walnut, natural cherry, ebony, or white ash finish with black or trivalent chrome metal legs.
  • Herman Miller® Eames Molded Dining Chair Dcw
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    Design Charles & Ray Eames®, 1946. Molded plywood, metal or wood legs. Made by Herman Miller® "Who would say that pleasure is not useful?" -Charles Eames. Designers Charles and Ray Eames established their long and legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with the boldly original molded plywood dining and lounge chairs. Designed to comfortably fit the body, the sculpted form of the molded plywood chairs are produced using thin sheets of lightweight veneer gently molded into curved shapes with natural rubber shock mounts to absorb movement. Since then, the chairs' aesthetic integrity, enduring charm, and comfort have earned it recognition as the best of modern design. Available in either a lounge or dining versions with chrome-plated steel or wood legs. In the early 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames experimented with wood-molding techniques that would have profound effects on the design world. Their discoveries led to a commission from the U.S. Navy in 1942 to develop plywood splints, stretchers, and glider shells molded under heat and pressure. After World War II, they adapted the technology to create high-quality chairs that could be mass-produced. The process eliminated extraneous wood, which reduced the weight and visual profile of the chair and established a basis for modern furniture design. A truly comfortable chair that's suitable for businesses and homes. The chair is in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Time magazine named it the Best Design of the 20th Century. With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look." The chairs are offered in your choice of santos palisander, natural cherry, walnut, white or light ash or two colors which allow the wood's natural characteristics to show through. Santos palisander is a lustrous veneer that has the same characteristics as the original rosewood, color and grain. 19.4" w | 21.75" d | 28.75" h | seat: 18" h.
  • Eames® Molded Plastic Armchair with Wood Dowel Legs
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    Enjoy an enduring combination of bright, recyclable polypropylene seating with a maple base. Introduced at the Museum of Modern Art in 1948, these chairs remain functional and stylish today. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Part of the Herman Miller Collection. Room & Board is an Authorized Herman Miller Retailer.
  • Herman Miller Eames Molded Screen
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    As Charles and Ray Eames saw it, designers just want to have "serious fun." This 68-inch-high, undulating screen resulted from their play. It's a portable, foldable, enjoyable way to divide space, provide a backdrop, and add privacy. The screen was designed as a complement to other Eames molded plywood creations. It's also a stand-alone piece distinctive in all kinds of settings.
  • Herman Miller Eames&Reg; Molded Plywood Lounge Chair With Metal Legs, Upholstered
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    Design by Charles and Ray Eames, 1946.By Herman Miller.True story: The long standing relationship between the Charles and Ray Eames and Herman Miller began with the Molded Plywood Chairs in 1946. And this now iconic series earned them recognition from Time magazine as "The Best Design of the 20th Century". The magazine called the design "something elegant, light and comfortable. Much copied but never bettered." The Eames Upholstered Molded Plywood Lounge Chair with Metal Legs is crafted by molding thin sheets of lightweight veneer into gently curved shapes. This highly durable chair is fluid and refined in appearance – its softness creating an inviting seat of unlikely comfort. And the Lounge Chair's newest look features added comfort with the addition of molded upholstered seating. This new option for the Eames Molded Plywood Lounge with Metal Legs, Upholstered layers increased comfort and new color to the original bent wood frame. Select from 6 wood frame finishes, two metal leg finishes and hundreds of fabric and leather upholstery options.
  • Herman Miller® Eames® Walnut Stool
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    Design Charles & Ray Eames, 1960. Solid walnut. Made by Herman Miller® "You know what looks good can change, but what works works." -Ray Eames. Ray Eames drew on her training as a sculptor to design a new kind of occasional piece for the lobby of the Time-Life Building in New York City. Eames walnut stools became her favorite seats and were liberally scattered about the Charles and Ray Eames home in Pacific Palisades. Made of solid walnut, these stools can be used anywhere and are beautifully versatile. Besides being places to sit, they also serve as low tables, display surfaces, or simply objects of art to be admired. A museum curator once ordered two of these stools for his son and daughter. "Graduation gifts?" he was asked. "No," he said, "the kids are only five and three. But I want them to have the experience of growing up with something truly good that they can keep all their lives." With a grand sense of adventure, Charles and Ray Eames turned their curiosity and boundless enthusiasm into creations that established them as a truly great husband-and-wife design team. Their unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Playful and functional. Sleek, sophisticated, and beautifully simple. That was and is the "Eames look." The Eames stools are solid walnut and the center section of the stool comes in three distinctively sculpted profiles. The top surface and the smaller bottom surface are both concave. 13" top dia. | 11" bottom dia. | 15" h.
  • Charles and Ray Eames Eames® Wire Chair with Seat Pad (DKR.5)
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    After refining their molded plastic chairs, Charles and Ray Eames began experimenting with making a chair from welded wire. To succeed, the Eameses had to figure out how to create a design with the strength they needed while keeping manufacturing costs as low as possible. Ultimately, they decided on using lighter-gauge wire doubled over into a rim that sandwiches heavier inner wire to form their Eames Wire Chair (1951), which won them their first American mechanical design patent. Its organic shape and airy silhouette are complemented by what’s commonly referred to as an Eiffel base (because of its trademark shape). This is an authentic Eames product by Herman Miller. Commercial quality. Made in U.S.A. DKR.5 stands for dining height, wire shell, rod base, seat pad.
  • Vitra - Eames Occasional Table LTR
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    The side table Occasional Table LTR (Low Table Rod Base) was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1950 as small, variable side table and used by themselves in the Eames House. Today there are still a lot of small side tables, which - single or in a group - are decorated with things of the Eames collection in the Eames House. The Occasional Table LTR by Vitra is also available in a gold-plated edition.

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jaclinartfan62
Wrote two years ago
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Wrote two years ago
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crystal-becoat
Wrote two years ago
It's my birthday today too!!!

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