Charles & Ray Eames : 1907-1978, 1912-1988: Pioneers of Mid-century Modernism


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Visual impact: Nothing says modernist perfection like an Eames design
The creative duo Charles Eames (1907‰ÛÒ1978) and Ray Kaiser Eames (1912‰ÛÒ1988)transformed the visual character of America. Though best known for their furniture, the husband and wife team were also forerunners inarchitecture, textile design, photography, and film.

The Eames‰_ work defined a new, multifunctional modernity, exemplary for its integration of craft and design, as well as for the use of modern materials, notablyplywood and plastics. The Eames Lounge Chair Wood, designed with molded plywood technology, became a defining furniture piece of the twentieth century, while the couple‰_s contribution to theCase Study Houses project not only made inventive use of industrial materials but also developed anadaptable floor plan of multipurpose spaces which would become ahallmark of postwar modern architecture.

From the couple‰_s earliest furniture experiments to their seminal short film Powers of Ten, this book covers all the aspects of the illustrious Eames repertoire and itsrevolutionary impact on middle-class American living.

About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN‰_s Basic Architecture Series features:

  • an introduction to the life and work of the architect
  • the major works in chronological order
  • information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions
  • a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings
  • approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts and plans)

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Weight 20.0 oz



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