Charles (1907–1978) and Ray (1912–1988) Eames were American designers who made major contributions in many fields of design including industrial design, furniture design, art, graphic design, film and architecture.The Eames Office in Venice, California, has now taken on a practically mythical status.
At the outset of a project, Charles and Ray always asked themselves: "Does this problem interest us, and is there the promise of pleasure in solving it?" What inspired the Eameses was not the desire to make things different, but to make them better. In contrast, the commercial motives of marketing are too often satisfied by conspicuous superficial differentiation. The Eameses' desire to make things better was so strong that they recognised a moral component to design.
Many different aspects of an object must be considered as part of the development process, including its social context and ramifications: from manufacturing methods and materials to communicative and functional uses, from the satisfaction of need to the question of cost. The Eameses embraced the spirit of modernism in their work, including the optimistic and even idealistic belief that industrial rationalisation and mass production were basic prerequisites for social and cultural progress.
Click on the heading above to go to the current Eames site and see projects like the famous "Powers of Ten" film they produced.