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Isetan windows with posters of “80 Years of Design Exhibition” in Tokyo. Photo: Suzuki Shimpei.

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Eames Exhibition Isetan Window Modular House Photo Suzuki Shimpei Yellowtrace 03Isetan windows with posters of “80 Years of Design Exhibition” in Tokyo. Photo: Suzuki Shimpei.

Charles And Ray On A Velocette Motorcycle, Which Belonged To The Son Of Friend Warren Kerkman 1948 Copyright Eames Office Yellowtrace

Charles and Ray on a Velocette motorcycle, 1948. The formative years after marrying, moving to Los Angeles, and beginning the work of the Eames Office in 1941 would serve as an intense creative incubator for Charles and Ray. Charles’ rich experiences in architecture, photography, art, filmmaking and his time in Mexico had led to two years teaching design at Cranbrook. Ray’s own artistic practice drew from her years in New York, classes with Martha Graham and, above all, her extended studies and work with painter Hans Hoffmann. This remarkable combination of the two would serve as a fertile foundation for their new creative life together. As their friend, designer Ben Baldwin said, “They had talents in different directions, and yet somehow the same direction.”

 

Charles And Ray Pinned By Dcm Chair Bases On The Sidewalk Outside Of The Eames Office Shortly After A Herman Miller Advertisement Photo Shoot 1947 Copyright Eames Office Yellowtrace
Charles and Ray pinned by DCM chair bases on the sidewalk outside of the Eames Office shortly after a Herman Miller advertisement photoshoot, 1947. Photo © Eames Office.

 

Charles And The Eames Office Staff Celebrate The Fourth Of July With Glasses Made By Deborah Sussman 1965 Copyright Eames Office Yellowtrace
Charles and the Eames Office staff celebrate the Fourth of July with glasses made by Deborah Sussman, 1965. Photo © Eames Office.

 

Designforuse 3 Installation Of The Design For Use Exhibition At Moma Showcasing The Eames Molded Plywood Output Copyright Eames Office Yellowtrace
Installation of the “Design for Use” exhibition at MoMA, showcasing the Eames moulded plywood output. Photo © Eames Office.

The First Of Two Compound Curve Plywood Sculptures Created By The Eameses In 1941 42 Copyright Eames Office YellowtraceThe first of two compound curve plywood sculptures created by the Eameses in 1941-42. Photo © Eames Office.

The Second Of Two Molded Plywood Sculptures Created In 1942 With A Hand To Denote Scale Copyright Eames Office YellowtraceThe second of two moulded plywood sculptures, created in 1942, with a hand to denote scale. Photo © Eames Office.

1943 Plywood Sculpture 1300 The Eames Molded Plywood Sculpture Created In 2021 Photo Marc Eggimann Yellowtrace
The Eames Molded Plywood Sculpture, created in 2021 from archival drawings, notes, and a detailed scan of the original sculpture of 1942 by Charles and Ray Eames. Photo: Marc Eggimann.

Photo Joshua White Jwpictures.com 2654 A Series Of Sketches Of Sculpture Related Forms By Ray Eames Copyright Eames Office Yellowtrace
A series of sketches of sculpture-related forms by Ray Eames. Photo © Eames Office.

Houses062 A Sketch By Ray Eames Of The Human To Sculpture Ratio For An Exhibition In 1943 Copyright Eames Office YellowtraceA sketch by Ray Eames of the human-to-sculpture ratio for an exhibition in 1943. Photo © Eames Office.

Sculpture Template 13 Recto A Sketch Of The Molded Plywood Sculpture Including Coding For The Various Layers Of Plywood Veneer 1942 Copyright Eames Office YellowtraceA sketch of the moulded plywood sculpture, including coding for the various layers of plywood veneer, 1942. Photo © Eames Office.

 

One of the most enduring figures of 20th Century design, and partners in life and work, Charles and Ray Eames’ impact in architecture, furniture and interiors is still felt today, some 80 years after the establishment of The Eames Office in 1941. To celebrate this epic milestone, the Eames Office presents ‘80 Years of Design’, an exhibition at Isetan’s gallery for modern and contemporary design in Tokyo, Japan.

The studio has had a formative partnership with Isetan, the iconic Japanese department store, that dates all the way back to 1961. From their first trip to Japan in the 1950s, to an ongoing exchange of ideas with some of the 20th century’s most well-known Japanese designers both in Japan and in Los Angeles, Charles and Ray drew inspiration throughout their career from the country’s approach to both tradition and modernity. Voracious adventurers, Japan’s impact on their worldview and work has had a profound impact.

 

Charles And Ray Eames Art Prints Yellowtrace
Art print by Charles & Ray Eames depicting Charles and Ray inside the home they designed, built and shared together for 29 years — the Eames House in Los Angeles. 

Eames Art Prints Yellowtrace
A series of art prints from Charles & Ray Eames, featuring photographs from the Eames house in 1955, as well as a series of abstract artworks based on an oil painting which Ray made for Charles two years after pair married. 

 

The Eames House Living Room And Its Interior Collections Phot Mitsuya Okumura 2018 Yellowtrace
The Eames House living room and its interior collections. Photo: Mitsuya Okumura, 2018.

A One Of A Kind Eames Designed Bookshelf In The Living Room Of The Eames House Filled With The Personal Collections Of Charles And Ray Photo Timothy Street Porter 1994 Yellowtrace
A one-of-a-kind Eames-designed bookshelf in the living room of the Eames House, filled with the personal collections of Charles and Ray. Photo: Timothy Street-Porter, 1994.

 

The Eames House Residence And Studio Featuring The Eucalyptus Trees And Meadow Photo Timothy Street Porter 1994 Yellowtrace
The Eames House residence and studio, featuring the eucalyptus trees and meadow. Photo: Timothy Street-Porter, 1994.

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A still from the 1955 Eames film “House: After Five Years of Living”.

The Facade Of The Eames House Residence Structure Photo Joshua White 2018 Yellowtrace
The facade of the Eames House’s residence structure. Photo: Joshua White, 2018.

 

A Collection Of Molded Plywood Designs And Experiments Photographed In The Eames Office Circa 1946 Copyright Eames Office Yellowtrace
A collection of moulded plywood designs and experiments, photographed in the Eames Office circa 1946. Photo © Eames Office.

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