Sunday, July 22, 2012

Charles Eames

In human history, creativity and innovation have gone hand in hand with the development of industry and society. In the 20th century we saw major impacts sourcing from single individuals who affected their respective fields with unprecedented force. The creative force of Charles Eames not only impacted the office environment but also the manufacturing of office furniture. Along with his wife Ray, they created some of the most renowned furniture pieces in Herman Miller's history. Their studio in Los Angeles was the precursor to today's most flexible office spaces.
Their legacy continued to grow in film making, abstract impressionism, photography and their creations populate the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, just to name a couple.
Organic Furniture Competition, Museum of Modern Art, 1940
Emmy Award, (Graphics), "The Fabulous Fifties," 1960
Kaufmann International Design Award, 1961
25 Year American Institute of Architects Award, 1977
Eliot Norton Chair of Poetry, Harvard, 1971
Queen's Gold Medal for Architecture, 1979
Named "Most Influential Designer of the 20th Century," WORLDESIGN '85, Industrial Designers Society of America, 1985
The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention, Traveling Exhibition, Library of Congress, 1999

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