Icons of design: Charles Eames

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By Leo Parker.
In the world of design, there are some names that stand out like a beacon and who were genuinely revolutionary thinkers in their field. Charles Eames is one such visionary and he was one of the most important and influential designers of his, or indeed any, generation.
Born in St. Louis in 1907, Eames went on to become one of the 20th century’s most celebrated furniture designers and his exceptional body of work was one of the chief catalysts for the modernist movement in furniture design. During his rather illustrious career, Eames was responsible for some of the most iconic pieces of furniture of the last century such as the much lauded Eames DSW chair and the luxuriously comfortable and eye-catching Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Such is the importance and high regard in which these two pieces of designer furniture are held, they are are on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. You can see his impeccable and revolutionary DSW chair below:
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The DSW chair by Eames was definitely amongst his most recognisable pieces and he certainly pushed design boundaries when he originally released it back in 1948 as it was the first industrially manufactured plastic chair of its kind. Given the contemporary look of the piece, it is difficult to believe that it was released well over half a century ago and it really is testament to how far ahead of his time Eames was as a designer. He really was an extraordinary design and helped advance the world of furniture design quite considerably.
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Alongside his fellow designers like Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, Eames designed many of the world’s most popular pieces of designer furniture and many of his pieces will be found in contemporary homes and offices all over the world. He was a wonderfully skilled designer and it is little wonder that his pieces have an enduring popularity to this day given just how exceptionally designed and realised they are.
See more Eames furniture at Swivel.

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