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Charles & Ray Charles
An Iconic couple of modern design
Bernadette Deloose, June 22, 2015
Griswald Raetze & Office Staff working, 1943_USA
Griswald Raetze & Office Staff working, 1943_USA
 
Frances Bishop, Robert Jacobsen & Ray Eames with a plaster mold for La Chaise, 1948_USA
Frances Bishop, Robert Jacobsen & Ray Eames with a plaster mold for La Chaise, 1948_USA
 
It would not take long for the both of them along with their modest team to be given the opportunity to cast these words into concrete shape. They designed and manufactured airplane parts for the aeronautical industry, and also government-assigned leg splints and stretchers for casualties of war, made of press-shaped plywood. Thanks to these partners, they gained access to financial means and materials which had up to then not been available for civic purposes. The experiments in press-shaping plywood wood eventually led to the development and production of a series of chairs, tables and screens which precisely met the need for a more flexible and relaxed style of living in post-war America. Both technically and aesthetically, Eames’ furniture was the most advanced on the market at the time and caused a veritable revolution. “With Charles Eames, the twentieth century is learning to sit again”, the Washington Post wrote.

Charles & Ray Eames_Experimental Minimum Chair, 1948_Design Museum Gent_Belgium
Charles & Ray Eames_Experimental Minimum Chair, 1948_Design Museum Gent_Belgium
 
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