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patterned after the designs of Charles Eames

patterned after the designs of Charles Eames
St. Louis, 1907 - 1978

Charles Eames has played a truly unique role in the design sphere: as from 1940 he and his wife Ray revolutionized the way in which we view each thing. Part of the secret behind their success, was the fact that the elements that they chose never derived from the world of art. Only a place like Los Angeles, with its liberated cultural climate and its debates on European values, could accept such a hedonist and eccentric design concept. His greatest success was in 1940 when he designed the winning chair at the \"Organic Design in Home Furnishings\" competition, for the Modern Art Museum, in collaboration with Eero Saarinen. The chairs were exhibited at the museum in 1941, and proved highly innovative in their use of moulded multi-layer in a shell shape, not in a single direction as in the case of Aalto or Breuer, but in two directions thereby creating a true three-dimensional “sculpture”.