Created in 1947, the Dot Pattern has survived as the most recognized textile design by Ray Eames.
A 1950 article in Portfolio Magazine (Vol. 1 Issue 2) showed a preliminary Dot Pattern drawing adjacent to an image the Eameses took of the wire forms of the DCM, a dining chair made from two molded plywood forms attached to a metal system of legs and chair backing. The shadows of the chairs’ arrangement appeared on the white flooring in a configuration similar to the lines of the Dot Pattern. The author noted that the pattern was “clearly related in its linear structure and punctuation to the chair frames,” although there is no written documentation from Charles or Ray that this was the direct inspiration.
The Dot Pattern textile was not realized in Charles and Ray’s lifetimes, but later through the Eames Office. Lucia Eames and Mary Murphy of Maharam resurrected the pattern from Ray’s original drawings and transformed into a cotton/polyester textile in 1999. Continuously since, it has been made into curtains, pillows, upholstery, tablecloths, purses and more. In addition, American Airlines gifted millions of business class passengers with complimentary Eames Dot Pattern amenity pouches, designed in 2011.