Charles and Ray Eames' influence on today's world goes far beyond architecture and design. Rather, it is their unique design philosophy, the division of space and the role design plays in our daily work that have shaped the world-renowned design team.
While Charles Eames, born in 1907 in St. Louis, studied architecture at Washington University and opened his own architectural practice in 1930, Ray Eames, born in 1912 under the name Bernice Alexandra Kaiser, studied painting with Hans Hofmann in Sacramento at the Hofmann School. Charles and Ray Eames met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940 and got married in 1941, and the legendary design team has been inseparable ever since.
The details are not the details. They make the design.Charles Eames
As famous as their design products: the quotations of Charles and Ray Eames
In the years that followed, Charles and Ray Eames created countless design and furniture creations that are known all over the world today. In addition to the Folding Screen (1946) and Eames Elephant (1945), the most famous product of the design team was created in 1956: the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman - a modern and extremely successful interpretation of the classic English Gentleman's Club chair.
But not only their design products and architecture, but also the quotations of Charles and Ray Eames are well known among prospective and established designers. Even today, for example, Vitra keeps asking herself the question “What would Charles and Ray do?”
Design is the appropriate combination of materials in order to solve a problem.Charles Eames
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.Charles Eames
The real questions are: Does it solve a problem? Is it serviceable? How is it going to look in ten years?Charles Eames
What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.Ray Eames
In architecture the idea degenerated. Design allows a more direct and pleasurable route.Charles Eames
Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic.Charles Eames
It is not easy to do something good, but it is extremely difficult to do something bad.Charles Eames
Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.Charles Eames
Ideas are cheap. Always be passionate about ideas and communicating those ideas and discoveries to others in the things you make.Charles Eames