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Charles & Ray Eames

Charles [1907-78] Ray [1912-1988]

architects, designers & filmmakers Charles Eames [1907-78] & Ray Eames [1912-88]          short profile

works about the team

their furniture
their buildings
movies, plays, other media

family & friends

links

"Take your pleasures seriously."

"Eventually, everything connects."

— Charles Eames


          B I O
          t e x t
          h e r e

In 1979, the Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Charles and Ray Eames with the Royal Gold Medal
Charles has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame
On June 17, 2008, the US Postal Service released the Eames Stamps, a pane of 16 stamps celebrating the designs of Charles and Ray Eames. { see below }

official 'Eames Office' website
official biography page
team entry at Wikipedia

Charles Ormond Eames, Jr. [1907-78]
film credits [1950-78]at IMDb

Bernice Alexandra 'Ray' Kaiser Eames [1912-88]
film credits [1950-81] at IMDb



Works About Charles & Ray Eames

Connections / Charles and Ray Eames book by Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery  "Connections: The Work of Charles and Ray Eames" [1976]
from an exhibit at the Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, U.C.L.A.
in Dec 1976 to Feb 1977

U.C.L.A. 8½x8½ pb [1976] out of print/used
Eames Design book by John & Marilyn Neuhart  "Eames Design: The Work of The Office of Charles & Ray Eames" [1989]
by John & Marilyn Neuhart, and Ray Eames

Apparently begun by Ray Eames with the intention that no adjectives be used in the text, and completed after her death by the Neuharts; describes in sequence every one of the 200 design projects created by the Eames Office under the direction of Charles & Ray Eames
Harry N. Abrams 11¾x9 hardcover [10/89] out of print/used
901: After 45 Years of Working docufilm by Eames Demetrios  "901: After 45 Years of Working" [Eames Office 1989]
29-minute color documentary short film about the Eames Office building at 901 W. Washington Blvd. in Venice, California, and its closing after Ray Eames's death in 1988.
Co-produced, written, directed & hosted by grandson Eames Demetrios
Pyramid Media color VHS [1989] for $8.98
also available on Volume 1 of "The Films of Charles & Ray Eames" { below }
full credits at IMDb
Charles & Ray Eames: Designers of the Twentieth Century book by Pat Kirkham  "Charles and Ray Eames: Designers of The Twentieth Century" [1995]
by Pat Kirkham

The M.I.T. Press 9¾x8 pb [2/98] for $33.58
The M.I.T. Press hardcover [6/95] out of print/used
Work of Charles & Ray Eames book  "The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention" [1997]
by Donald Albrecht
243 illustrations, including 165 in full color
Harry N. Abrams pb [3/98] out of print/used
Harry N. Abrams 12¼x9½ hardcover [9/97] out of print/used
Charles & Ray Eames book by Naomi Stungo or Judith Carmel Arthur  "Charles and Ray Eames" [2000]
by Naomi Stungo or Judith Carmel Arthur

Carlton Books 9x6½ hardcover [7/2000] out of print/used
Eames Primer book by Eames Demetrios  "An Eames Primer" [2002]
by Eames Demetrios

Universe 7x6½ pb [2/2002] out of print/used
Charles & Ray Eames Mid-Century Modernism book by Gloria Koenig  "Charles & Ray Eames: Pioneers of Mid-Century Modernism" [2005]
by Gloria Koenig

Taschen 9x7¼ pb [10/2005] for $9.99
Charles & Ray Eames Objects and Furniture Design book from By Architects Series  "Charles & Ray Eames: Objects and Furniture Design" [Oct 2007]
Ediciones Poligrafa 6½x4¾ hardcover [10/2007] out of print/used
Eames, Architect & Painter documentary film  "Eames: The Architect and The Painter" [P.B.S./WNET-TV Dec 2011]  
82-minute documentary feature broadcast on P.B.S. "American Masters" December 2011
Co-produced & co-directed by Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey; written by Jason Cohn; narrated by James Franco
First Run Features DVD [12/2011] for $25.99
credits at IMDb P.B.S. official movie site watch official trailer [2:06] on YouTube



Their Furniture

Eames furniture available at Design Within Reach

Eames Furniture book by Brigitte Fitoussi  "Eames: Furniture, 1941-1978" [2003]
by Brigitte Fitoussi

Assouline Publng 8¾x6¼ hardcover [4/2003] for $16.50

The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design by Martin Eidelberg
http://www.amazon.com/Eames-Lounge-Chair-Modern-Design/dp/1858943027/

The Story of Eames Furniture by Marilyn Neuhart
http://www.amazon.com/Story-Eames-Furniture-Marilyn-Neuhart/dp/389955230X/

The Furniture of Charles & Ray Eames by Eames Demetrios
http://www.amazon.com/Furniture-Charles-Ray-Eames/dp/3931936740/



Their Buildings

1936 Dinsmoor House, 335 Bristol Road in Webster Groves, Missouri
1937 Dean House, 101 Mason Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
1938 Meyer House in Huntleigh Village, St. Louis, Missouri
1945 Bridge House (Eames-Saarinen; published & not built)
1949 Eames House [C.S.H. #8], 203 Chautauqua Blvd. in Pacific Palisades, CA
1949 Entenza House [Eames-Saarinen C.S.H. #9], 205 Chautauqua Blvd. in Pacific Palisades, CA
1954 Max De Pree House in Zeeland, Michigan

Eames House book by Marilyn & John Neuhart  
"Eames House" [1994] by Marilyn & John Neuhart
Wiley-VCH 10½x9½ hardcover [5/94] out of print/used
Eames House Architecture in Detail book by James Steele  "Eames House: Charles and Ray Eames (Architecture In Detail)"
[1994] by James Steele

Phaidon Press 9¾x9¾ pb [5/2002] out of print/used
Phaidon Press 11½x11½ pb [8/94] out of print/used
Eames House Appreciation book & models by James Barkley   "Eames House: An Appreciation of The Work of Charles & Ray Eames"
[2001] by James Barkley

Consists of book, envelope with three scored sheets that assemble into models
of Charles & Ray Eames's famous house, and 100+ original photographs

American Vessel 19¼x12¾ pb [12/2001] for $36.52



Movies, Plays, Other Media
film credits at Internet Movie Database for Charles [1950-78] and for Ray [1950-81]

"The Films of Charles & Ray Eames" on DVD & VHS
Films of Charles & Ray Eames on DVD  
Films of Charles & Ray Eames on DVD  
six-disk box set [2005]
Image Ent. color DVD set [8/2005] 6 disks - out of prodn/used
Volume 1 [62 minutes; 1989]: "A Rough Sketch for A Proposed Film" [1968], "Powers of Ten" [1968], and "901: After 45 Years of Working" [1989] by filmmaker Eames Demetrios
Image Ent. color DVD [8/2000] out of prodn/used
Pyramid Films 21-minute color VHS [1978] for $18.70
Volume 2 [61 minutes; 1989]: "Blacktop" [1952], "House" [1955], "Toccata For Toy Trains"
[1959], "Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair" [1960], "The Black Ships" [1970], "Atlas" [1976], and "Lucia Chase Vignette" [1978]
Image Ent. color DVD [9/2000] out of prodn/used
Pyramid Films color VHS [8/91] for $19.95
Volume 3 [55 minutes; 1991]: "The Franklin and Jefferson Proposal Film" [1973], "The Opening of An Exhibition" [1976], and "The World of Franklin and Jefferson" [1977]
Image Ent. color DVD [10/2000] out of prodn/used
Pyramid Films color VHS [12/91] for $7.94
Volume 4 [60 minutes; 1993]: "I.B.M. Mathematics Peep Shows" [1961], "The Fiberglass Chairs" [1970], "SX-70" [1972], "Design Q & A" [1972], "Copernicus" [1973], and "Goods" [1981]
Image Ent. color DVD [11/2000] out of prodn/used
Pyramid Films color VHS [3/94] for $8.00
Volume 5 [51 minutes; 1998]: "Bread" [1953], "Eames Lounge Chair" [1956], "Tops" [1957], "The Expanding Airport" [1958], "I.B.M. At The Fair" [1965], "Tops" [1969 remake], "Polyorchis Haplus" [1970], and "Kepler's Laws" [1974]
Image Ent. color DVD [12/2000] out of prodn/used
Pyramid Films color VHS [3/99] out of prodn/used
Volume 6 [60 minutes; 2005]: "Parade" [1952], "S-73 (Sofa Compact)" [1954], "Solar Do-Nothing Machine" [1957], "Day of The Dead [1957], "Aquarium" [1967], "Babbage" [1968], "Alpha" [1972], and "Exponents: A Study In Generalization" [1973]
Image Ent. color DVD [8/2005] out of prodn/used

Powers of Ten book by Philip & Phylis Morrison  "Powers of Ten: About The Relative Size of Things In The Universe" [1982]
by Philip & Phylis Morrison and Office of Charles & Ray Eames

W.H. Freeman & Co. 6x3¾ miniature pb [8/1994] out of print/used
Scientific American Library 9½x8½ hardcover [1990] out of print/many, many used


Family & Friends

Charles's first wife Catherine Woermann Eames Lewis [1906-96] - married 1929, divorced 1941

daughter Lucia Eames Demetrios [b. 1930]

Charles's second wife Ray Kaiser Eames [1912-88] - married 1941, widowed 1978

grandson filmmaker Eames Demetrios
see selected books & movies above IMDb listing [since 1979]



The U.S. Postal Service released a panel of 16 stamps in June 2007
that celebrate the designs of Charles and Ray Eames

U.S. Postal Service 17 June 2008 release of a panel of 16 stamps celebrating the lives & designs of Charles & Ray Eames.



L i n k s

official 'Eames Office' website
official biography page
http://www.eamesfoundation.org/
GreatBuildings webpage
team entry at Wikipedia
1999 Eames exhibit at Library of Congress
team entry at Wikipedia

"The Eames Team" article in The New Yorker magazine, May 1999
http://go.nbm.org/site/PageServer?pagename=MuseumShop_Eames_Bio



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