Charles and Ray Eames are recognized as two of the most influential industrial designers of the mid-century, known for their groundbreaking furniture and innovative designs. During the early 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames ran a number of experiments to refine their plywood molding techniques. By 1941, these tests had evolved into the creation of the two hanging Eames Plywood Mobiles. The drifting shapes were similar to the biomorphic forms found in many of Ray’s artwork and graphics and interact with each other to create a dazzling display wherever it’s hanging in your home. The Eames Plywood Mobile is made from aircraft plywood and finished with a black lacquer. It measures 12.5h x 12.5w x 15.75"d. Charles and Ray Eames, as well as the mobile’s manufacturer Vitra, are represented in MoMA’s collection.
DesignerCharles and Ray Eames
Size12.5h x 12.5w x 15.75"d
Year of Design1941
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Charles (1907–1978) and Ray (1912–1988) Eames were two of the most influential designers of the 20th century. In 1941, this husband-and-wife team founded their Los Angeles-based design practice, the Eames Office, and in the same year an important design by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, the Organic Chair, was exhibited at a MoMA exhibition celebrating the winning entries of its Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. Eames designs have been featured in dozens of MoMA exhibitions, including New Furniture Designs by Charles Eames (1946), Prize Designs for Modern Furniture (1950), Plywood: Material, Process, Form (2011–2013) and The Value of Good Design (2019). Photography ©2023 Eames Office. LLC. All rights reserved.Discover the Eames Story
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