Three of Ray Eames’s Unsung Influences On Modern Design Posted May 12, 2014 by Daniel Ostroff

A look at how the feminine half of the famous husband-and-wife team shaped the Eamesian principles of design.

An exciting new analysis published in Fact Company magazine.  Read an excerpt here, see the entire article at the link below.

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Charles and Ray Eames were partners in life and in work; yet throughout their joined careers, Charles often served as the mouthpiece for all things Eames. For example, in the 1972 documentary Design Q & A, a curator asks five acclaimed designers a set of questions.  “For Eames, the person answering the questions is Charles,” says Eames Demetrios, grandson of Charles and Ray.  “He represents their ideas; it came out through Charles’s fingertips.”

A recent exhibit has now explored some of the work that, as Demetrios puts it, came through Ray’s fingertips.  Held at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, the show included paintings, letters, prototypes, and outfits, all by Ray.  It took a colossal amount of research and time to sift through the Eames archive.  After Ray passed away, Demetrios’s mother gave 1,850 of the Eames’s photographs and about 150,000 other miscellaneous Eames items to the Library of Congress.  (At the time of the donation, Demetrios says, it comprised an entire 5% of the library’s prints and photographs section.)

The full article is here.

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