Charles Eames was born in 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri and by the time he was 14 years old was working part time at the Laclede Steel Company where he learned about engineering, drawing and architecture and first entertained the idea of one day becoming an architect.
In a brief stint at Washington University in St. Louis on an architecture scholarship Charles was dismissed from the university for reportedly being “too modern”.
Greatly influenced by the Finish architect Eliel Saarinen, Charles would go onto work with his son Eero Saarinen and together develop award-winning molded wood furniture for the MoMA in New York City. This molded wood furniture would later be developed into bedside chairs and splints for the US Navy during World War II.
In a time where design was booming and architecture was pushing new limits Charles & his wife Ray would grow to be responsible for many classic, iconic designs of the 20th Century.
In this video, the Eames couple unveil their now infamous lounger for the first time. Click here for more info.
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– Post by Stephanie