Modernism, America and the 1960’s
Thinking in design & art

Design, sex & consumption

– Charles & Ray Eames

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American designers Charles (1907-1978) and his wife Ray (1912-1988) Eames made major contributions in many fields of design including industrial design, furniture design, art, graphic design, film and architecture. The couple married in 1941 and moved from Michigan, where they had met at Cranbrook Univeristy, to Los Angeles and established an office together.

They got their first big break in 1942 when the US navy placed an order for 5,000 splints that they had made from a mould of Charles’ own leg. Having moved into a rented studio on nearby Santa Monica Boulevard, the couple continued their experiments in plywood producing furniture such as the Plywood Chair (1945), sculptures and even toys. (http://www.conranshop.co.uk/designer-list/designer-charles-and-ray-eames/)

Their modern approach to furniture made an impact on all deign fields.

Chair & table – Allen Jones 1969

Jone’s Chair & Table set puts women as the lesser human, by using symbolising females as objects that are there for the use of males was prone to sell.






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