Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and opened his own office together with Charles M. Gray in 1930. In 1935 he founded another architectural firm with Robert T. Walsh. After receiving a fellowship in 1938 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he moved to Michigan and assumed a teaching position in the design department the following year. In 1940, he and Eero Saarinen won first prize for their joint entry in the competition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" organized by the New York Museum of Modern Art. During the same year, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook, and in 1941 he married Ray Kaiser.
 
Ray Eames, née Bernice Alexandra Kaiser, was born in Sacramento, California in 1912. She attended the May Friend Bennet School in Millbrook, New York, and continued her studies in painting under Hans Hofmann through 1937. During this year she exhibited her work in the first exhibition of the American Abstract Artists group at the Riverside Museum in New York. She matriculated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940 and married Charles Eames the following year.
 

Furniture designs
 
Kleinhans Music Hall Chair (1939–40) Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen
Conversation Armchair (1940) Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen
Organic Conference Chair (1940) Charles Eames & Eero Saarinen
Molded Plywood Pilot's Seat (1943) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
Prototype Plywood and Metal Chairs (various models) (1943-1946) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
Molded Plywood Elephant (1945) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
Lounge Chair Wood or LCW (1945-1946) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
Lounge Chair Metal or LCM (1945-1946) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
Dining Chair Wood or DCW (1945-1946) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
Dining Chair Metal or DCM (1945-1946) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
Molded Plywood Folding Screen (1945-1946) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
Molded Plywood Coffee Table wood or metal legs (1945-1946) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
"Donstrosity" prototype lounge (1946) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
Prototype Plywood Lounge with metal base (1946) Charles & Ray Eames and staff.
Prototype Stamped Metal Chairs (1948) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
LaChaise prototype (1948) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
Molded Plastic Armchair Shell various bases (1948-1950) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
Molded Plastic Side Chair Shell various bases (1948-1950) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
Molded Plastic Rocking Chair or RAR (1948-1950) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
Storage Unit (ESU) (1949) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
Wire Chair or DKR (1951) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
Hang-It-All (1953) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
Eames Lounge & Ottoman (1956) Charles & Ray Eames and staff
Aluminum Group : High Back Lounge, Low Back Lounge, Dining Side Chair (1958) Charles & Ray Eames and staff

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