An Inimitable Icon: Charles Eames

There are so many fantastic designers of furniture in the world but few have been able to hold a candle to the truly inimitable Charles Eames – one of the 20th century’s most iconic and celebrated creators of designer furniture. The wonderfully talented designer was born in 1907 in St. Louis and he went on to become one of the most important designers of his (or indeed any) generation.
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When you think of designers and who inspires them, the vast majority will list Eames highly on their list of inspirations and this is because he had a supremely inventive mind and was one of the main catalysts for the Modernist movement of furniture design – taking it out of the mundane and reinventing the way in which people approached design. Eames was responsible for crafting some truly extraordinary pieces of designer furniture but the one for which he is perhaps best known is the extremely iconic and functional DSW Chair (which you can see below).
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This piece was first released in 1948 and Eames designed it as an entry to a low cost furniture competition being run by the Museum of Modern Art in New York – safe to say that it impressed and remains on permanent display in the museum to this day. Charles Eames really is an iconic name in the world of design and such is the skill of the man that his designs, most of which are over half a century old, still look fantastic and relevant in today’s contemporary, modern homes.
Charles Eames will be forever remembered as one of the last century’s most important designers and his skill and invention has never been bettered either before or since. For anyone looking for some iconic, statement pieces of furniture for their homes in 2014, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for with Charles Eames’ back catalogue of work.
You can see more of Eames’ design at SwivelUK.

Written by:  Leo Parker