4 Modern Icons from the Eames Lounge Chair Designers

4 Modern Icons from the Eames Lounge Chair Designers

We all love the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, but did you know Ray and Charles Eames created many other mid-century modern design pieces that are as great as the Eames Lounge Chair? 

Take a look at these modern icons that were also designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

Eames Shell Chair

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I’m sure that you have stumbled upon at least a variation of the Eames Shell Chair somewhere. They’re simply everywhere around the globe, and available in a great variety of materials and color choices.

Along with their work with molded plywood, the Eameses worked with molded fiberglass for many years. Charles and Ray thought they could find a way to mold fiberglass for maximum ergonomic comfort, years before ergonomics became mainstream in furniture design. The designers accomplished precisely this in 1948 by creating the curved and comfortable seat of the Eames Shell Chair.

Eames Walnut Stool

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Built with solid walnut and standing 15″ high, the next item in our list is the Eames Walnut Stool. A versatile stool that can double as a side table in a pinch. Available in three different sizes, it’s fascinating to discover the first experimental designs by Charles and Ray Eames that combined molded wood. The Eames Walnut Stool is a rare example of functional art that can serve several purposes and make traditional and familiar forms become something modern.

Eames Molded Plywood Chair

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As we’ve mentioned already, Charles and Ray pioneered on molding wood technologies. You can see the result of their work on the Eames Molded Plywood Chair. This is a lounge chair that was ahead of its time, able to adapt to the contours of the body comfortably, and eliminating the need for upholstered cushions. These methods that Charles and Ray Eames used with molded plywood turned out really helpful when designing the stretchers and splints that were used during World War II.

Eames Hang-It-All

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The Eames Hang-it-all is a candy-colored rack that is fun, creative, colorful, and adds a bit of shine to any entryway or wardrobe. This design inspires fun and playfulness, aspects that are both essential to mid-century modern design, despite what many people think. 

Designed in 1953 for a playhouse line, the Eames Hang-It-All is built with a welded steel wire frame with hooks that end in colorful painted maple balls that look like a funny combination of molded exclamation points.

Are there any other modern icons designed by Charles and Ray Eames that I missed? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll update the post with the best ideas (and a link crediting you!)

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