Charles Eames in LIFE September 1950
Next year will be the 40th anniversary of Charles Eames' passing and as newer and younger generations discover his (and Ray's) work, his/their popularity only seems to be on the rise.
They were design's power couple. If you spend any time researching or reading about them, you'll discover how insanely prolific they were. As multi-disciplenarian creators, they never boxed themselves in or stayed in one genre. Their work spans film, graphic design, textile design, toys, furniture, photography, installation and art. In the article Ray is only referred to as "his wife" and she appears dimuntive (almost an after-thought) in only photo. We now know that she was extremely integral (read: equal contributor) to their process and work.
My mind was blown in design school the first time I saw Powers of Ten. You intuitively know that thousands of people have likely seen it before you, but the first time you see it – you experience your own personal awakening. You've expanded somehow and you will never go back to your original size. What they were able to demonstrate with the technology that was available in 1977 still amazes me.
The magazine is old. The photos, grainy. Yet they communicate loudly the genius he was.
(Photos courtesy of LIFE magazine; personal collection.)
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