A Great Man In Design Remembered 40 Years Later

There are billions of people on our planet and while each person will be remembered by family and loved ones very few leave a lasting legacy after they are gone. Charles Eames passed away 40 years ago but his influence and style still live on through his work. He was a man of many talents with a great mind for design. Eames famously perfected his craft at architecture, design, and filmmaking.

Charles Eames was born in 1907 and by the tender age of 23, he had already opened his own architectural firm after dropping out of college. He met famous Finnish architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen, a father and son duo. That chance meeting changed the course of his life. He decided to finish his degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. There he met his second wife and future design partner Ray Kaiser.

Together with his friend Eero Saarinen, Charles created a lightweight splint out of plywood. There was a high demand due to World War II injuring men at record numbers. While practical, there design was praised for being visually appealing as well. After the war ended people felt it was time for a change in design style. That is where Charles and Ray stepped in to create innovate furniture designs with a purpose. Quickly their chairs and other pieces became a mainstream success with simple and bold designs.

A long, successful career in furniture design and architecture helped Charles Eames leave a lasting impression on the world. Art school students today still learn from the original design plans and innovative view on furniture and buildings. The shape and feel of his plans are still mimicked today. There is no better way for a designer to be remembered then through their pieces especially after the passage of time to a new, very different generation.

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