The Furniture of Charles & Ray Eames, English
Catalog, Hardcover, ISBN 978931936747
The oeuvre of the American designer couple Charles and Ray Eames is extraordinary in
its range and diversity. Their groundbreaking furniture designs, which have remained
current and relevant throughout the decades since their creation, play a central role in
the Eameses' work. As the sole authorised manufacturer of Eames designs in Europe and
the Middle East for the past fifty years, Vitra is commemorating the 100th birthday of
Charles Eames with the publication of a book entitled The Furniture of Charles & Ray
In the introduction, this richly illustrated volume discusses prominent characteristics of the
Eameses' multi-faceted work. The primary focus of the book, however, is on furniture
design. Grouped into categories based on materials such as plywood, plastic, wire and
aluminium, all of the Eames designs produced by Vitra are presented in detail.
Reproductions of vintage photographs and documents accompany explanatory texts
which provide in-depth information on the historical background and distinctive structural
features of the furniture designs. Contemporary photographs illustrate the aesthetic
quality of these objects. The active preservation of Charles and Ray Eames' legacy is the
subject of a dialogue between Rolf Fehlbaum, the Chairman of Vitra, and Charles'
grandson Eames Demetrios, the present director of the Eames Office.
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