It’s been an extraordinary year for a few of the designs Charles Eames created with his wife Ray. In the last year, we have seen the debut of the Molded Plastic Side Chair re-imagined in wood. Just recently, it was announced that Eames Molded Plastic Chairs will be produced in environmentally sustainable fiberglass with a spectrum of rich, vintage colors. Today would have been Charles’ 106th birthday — so here are six great ways to celebrate him.
1. The Charles and Ray Eames Foundation - Committed to preserving the home, studio, and legacy of the Charles and Ray, the foundation offers a rewarding and inspiring way to be a part of their creativity. Members are hosted annually at an appreciation event at the Eames House and enjoy a number exciting benefits. Join the Eames Foundation here.
2. Eames Molded Wood Side Chair - Herman Miller carries on the innovative legacy of Charles and Ray — combining their classic design with new technology and three beautiful wood finishes. Choose from white ash, walnut, or santos palisander atop 4-leg, wire, or wood dowel bases. They are sure to enhance any space, from dining room to living room to office. Available now from Herman Miller.
3. Giant House of Cards - Updated and enlarged, this new version of the classic Eames House of Cards is the perfect patio or sun porch activity. Pick a sunny afternoon and construct your own unique and colorful structures. Each set contains 20 die-cut, 11″ x 7″ cards. Find them at the Eames Office.
4. Eames Desk Unit - Debuting in 1949 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Eames Desk mixes architectural and industrial elements, like a workspace extension of their iconic Case Study home in California. The desk includes a spacious desktop, storage cubby and a file drawer. Choose from neutral or vibrant color schemes. Get yours at Herman Miller.
*Add the complementary and iconic Eames Storage Unit to expand your workspace even further.
5. Music for the Films of Charles & Ray Eames, Elmer Bernstein - Produced from archival recordings, this album presents four scores composed by Elmer Bernstein for the films of Charles and Ray Eames, including Toccata for Toy Trains, House: After Five Years of Living, the Polavision Vignettes, and Westinghouse in Alphabetical Order. A must-have for any fan of Eames or Bernstein. Get it from the Eames Office.
6. Eames Molded Plastic Chairs in Fiberglass - Thanks to the careful development of a sustainable fiberglass — both in production and at the end of its life thanks to Herman Miller’s new “Take Back” program — Herman Miller can both honor its commitment to the environment and return this classic look and feel to the Eames Molded Plastic Chair. Coming in August, with nine rich, vintage colors to choose from. Learn more about their debut at Herman Miller.