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Charles and Ray Eames
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    Charles Eames, Jr. (June 17, 1907-August 21, 1978), born in St. Louis, Missouri
    Ray Eames (birth name Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser; December 15, 1912-August 21, 1988), born in Sacramento., California
    Married in 1941
    Industrial designers
    Designed Eames House (1949) and the Eames Lounge Chair (1956)
    Wrote and directed 125 short films, most notably ‘Powers of Ten’ (1977)
    Charles was expelled from Washington University in St. Louis over his advocacy of modern architects, like Frank Lloyd Wright.
    Before teaming with Charles, Ray was an abstract artist, but little of her work survived.
    In their early catalogs, Charles was the only one listed as designer, even though Ray was an equal partner.
    Their first success was a plywood splint mass produced for the US Navy during World War II.
    Examples of their furniture are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art.
    Charles said, ‘In our chairs, we have not attempted to solve the problem of how people should sit. Instead, we accepted the way people do sit and operated within that framework.’
    The Industrial Designers Society of America named them the most influential designers of the 20th century.

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