An Icon in Furniture Design – The Inimitable Charles Eames

Every now and then, a character comes along that utterly changes the landscape of an industry and for the world of furniture design, that character was the unique and wonderful Charles Eames. Born in St. Louis in 1907, Charles Eames went on to become one of the 20th century’s most important and revolutionary furniture designers and, along with his fellow contemporaries like Arne Jacobsen and Harry Bertoia, went on to be one of the catalysts for the modernist movement of furniture design.

It takes a brain prepared to think outside of the box and look and things in a different way in order for change to be facilitated and Charles Eames certainly possessed such a brain. He utterly revolutionised the way in which furniture design was approached and whilst he was perhaps best known for his timeless, low-cost furniture designs such as the DAW Chair, he also crafted some truly luxurious pieces such as the seminal Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman (pictured below) which, in actuality, he crafted as a birthday gift for his close friend, the movie director Billy Wilder (the man responsible for epics like Some Like it Hot and The Apartment).

Charles Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman

The Charles Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is one of the most timeless pieces of designer furniture of the 20th century and was one of the few luxury offerings from the Eames’ stable of furniture design and has gone on to form the cornerstone of his collection. Originally released back in 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair is a fine example of how far ahead of his time the American designer was and is, quite possibly, one of the most sought after pieces of the last century. Take a look at some of the awesome pieces of furniture that Eames was responsible for below:

Eames DAW Chair

Eames RAR Rocking Chair

Charles Eames DSW Chair

As you can see, Eames was responsible for some epic furniture designs which, despite being crafted over half a century ago for the most part, are so flawlessly designed that they look just as spectacular in today’s modern, contemporary homes as they did in Eames’ pomp.

You can view more Charles Eames furniture online at Swivel.

Guest Author Leo Parker is a luxury lifestyle blogger who spends the majority of his time writing about luxury watches, whilst, simultaneously, lamenting his inability to afford said timepieces. He regularly writes for a number of men's lifestyle and luxury magazines and blogs.

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