Perhaps the most influential collaboration in design history, the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames helped to create new concepts in furniture for a modern century. Exploring new techniques and materials like molded wood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, and bent wire, they created affordable furniture for the likes of Herman Miller, which have since become iconic pieces in design history. Their California studio was a laboratory where their team constantly refined and revised their experiments, reducing furniture to its most essential forms—as was the Pacific Palisades home they created as one of the famous Case Study Houses. “The details are not details,” said Charles. “They make the product.” In addition to furniture, they created toys, films, videos, and textiles.

Collected by a major museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2019
The Value of Good DesignThe Museum of Modern Art
2015
Highlights from the Architecture + Design CollectionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
System Design: Over 100 years of chaos in everyday lifeMAKK – Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln
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La Fonda chair, 1961

Plastic, metal, and fabric
29 × 25 1/4 × 21 3/4 in
73.7 × 64.1 × 55.2 cm
Location
San Francisco
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Perhaps the most influential collaboration in design history, the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames helped to create new concepts in furniture for a modern century. Exploring new techniques and materials like molded wood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, and bent wire, they created affordable furniture for the likes of Herman Miller, which have since become iconic pieces in design history. Their California studio was a laboratory where their team constantly refined and revised their experiments, reducing furniture to its most essential forms—as was the Pacific Palisades home they created as one of the famous Case Study Houses. “The details are not details,” said Charles. “They make the product.” In addition to furniture, they created toys, films, videos, and textiles.

Collected by a major museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)
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