Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Charles and Ray Eames on Postage Stamps

Here is a readily available resource and "teachable moment" for design education. Charles and Ray Eames, the Modern design husband and wife team, have been honored with postal stamps showing some of their designs. They designed chairs, furniture, homes, fabric, children's toys, cards and more.

Now the work of the husband and wife design team is featured on a colorful panel of 16 postal stamps. Objects depicted on the stamps highlight some of the many items created by the Eameses and represent the breadth of their contribution to American design.

The Eameses created high-quality products that addressed everyday problems and made modern design, including their famous molded plywood chair, accessible to all Americans.

The couple was married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles, where they worked together until Charles' death in 1978. Many of their designs still are in production while the original items are coveted by collectors and museums.
"As Charles once said, 'Eventually everything connects.' They would have particularly enjoyed the extraordinary connections happening through these stamps," said Eames Demetrios, a grandson of the Eameses.

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