Charles & Ray Eames

The husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American Designers of the 20th Century. They are best known for their groundbreaking developments in furniture design, industrial design, architecture, photographic arts and film. Early in their careers the Eameses pioneered techniques with moulded plywood. They were first to design and mass produce moulded plywood furniture with compound curves. They further developed these techniques in the 50’s moulding  plastic and plastic resin as well was developing furniture in fibreglass and wire mesh.

“The details are not the details, the details make the product.”

Charles and Ray Eames “

The design process between  Charles and Ray was strongly collaborative, they believed in ‘learning by doing’ and extensively tested and explored functionalities and limitations around their designs. Within their prolific career which career spanned over four decades the Eameses developed more than 100 designs for production. Eames designs and furniture are everywhere! Their revolutionary designs and timeless design has scattered their influence across the Atlantic and Pacific.

DSR (Eiffel )Chair

One of their Most recognisable pieces of furniture is the shamelessly imitated DSR Chair. The initials stand for Dining (height) Side (chair) Rod (base) Designed in 1948 it was nicknamed the ‘Eiffel’ chair after the distinctive chrome rod base. It was part of a series with the same shell seat, then made from fibre glass and now made from eco polypropylene. The series included DSW (wood base) DAR (dining armchair rod base) DAW (dining armchair wood base) and RAR (rocking armchair rod base) The original colours were subtle hues, greige (grey/beige) elephant hide grey, parchment, and seafoam green.

The Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Released in 1956 for the Herman Miller furniture company. Charles Eames’s vision was for something that had the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt”, and the result was the deliciously comfortable chair in moulded plywood and leather. This iconic piece never looks out of place, widely photographed and used on set, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman can be seen lounged in by stars ranging from Mohamod Ali, Frank Sinatra, Tron: Legacy and even Ice Cube in famous photographs and film.

Moulded Plywood Lounge & Dining Chairs

Its hard to believe these cool, modernist moulded Plywood Chairs were the result of an idea conceived in back in 1948. DCW (dining chair wood) and LCW (lounge chair wood) were originally introduced by rare Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and displayed in a tumbling machine to exhibit the durability of the chair! They have been produced in many different colours and types of wood. The original vintage pieces are highly valued and sort after, but new reproductions are still in available today from the original production house Herman Miller.


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