Arts + Design

Happy birthday, Charles Eames

Jun 17, 2014 /

Born on June 17, 1907, Charles Eames was a design world tour de force. Working with his wife, Ray, he was a champion of systems design before such a thing even had a name, and together the pair delighted in working across media, shooting films, manufacturing furniture, designing houses, training clowns. You know. The usual. Back in 2007, the Eames’ grandson took us on a whistlestop tour of just some of their achievements, including showing¬†some of their prototypes and missteps. Not mistakes, Eames Demetrios notes firmly. “They’re the things you try out to make things work better.” Though he does acknowledge drily: “Some of them were probably terrible chairs.”

“The extent to which you have a design style is the extent to which you have not solved the design problem.” Charles Eames

All images courtesy of Eames Demetrios.