Charles Eames

American designer Charles Eames was born in 1907 and died in 1988. With his wife Ray, he is considered as one of the leading figures in the development of modern design and architecture. Their most notable works include the Eames Lounge Chair, the Eiffel chair collection and the Case Study Houses. His work has had a profound and lasting influence on Vitra, as well as the Herman Miller Company who were the first to produce his furniture designs.

Born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, Charles Eames is one of America’s most significant 20th century designer and architect. After briefly studying architecture at the Washington University in St. Louis, he then received a fellowship from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan which he joined in 1939. In 1941, he married Ray Eames, with whom he started an ongoing partnership, constantly creating in a a joyful and rigorous work ethic. With a strong belief that you learn by doing, they together experimented in the fields of design, architecture, but also film and photography. Charles Eames’ works has been exhibited internationally, from the New York Museum of Modern Art to the Barbican, London, in 2016, and the designer received widespread recognition, such as a honorary doctoral degree from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1964. The collections available at SCP include the Eiffel and Dowel Shell chairs.