Monday, 10 December 2012


Photograph by Arnold Newman, 1975

Charles Ormond Eames was born on June 17th, 1907 in St. Louis and that. He began studying architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. Charles was greatly influenced by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen whose son, Eero, became a partner and a close friend. In 1938, invited by Saarinen, Charles moved to Michigan with his wife and daughter, Lucia and Catherine Eames. There he attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art to further his studies in architecture and also became a teacher. Along with Eero Saarinen, Charles won New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s Organic Design in Home Furnishing competition. In 1941 Charles divorced Catherine and married Ray Kaiser. They moved to LA and in the late 1940s produced the “Eames House.” The Eames office lasted more than four decades and through that Charles continued to produce short films (Traveling Boy 1950, Powers of Ten 1977), design furniture (Eames Chaise 1968, Eames Lounge Chair 1946) and partnered with the government and major companies. Charles died of a heart attack on August 21st, 1978 during a consulting trip back in St. Louis.

Eero Saarinen

Charles and Eero

Charles and Eero working on their designs for the MoMA competition.


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