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June 17, 2007

Happy 100th Mr. Eames!

Charles_ray_eames Take a seat! This year Father's Day (appropriately) shares the 100th birthday of Charles Eames. It was a little over 60 years ago that this father of molded plywood started experimenting with wood veneers and glue -- coaxing them into inviting forms that embraced the body. This process that Charles and his wife Ray perfected revolutionized furniture manufacturing and set the new bar for modern design.

That first form, the Eames Plywood Chair was simple and fun! ... and would also serve as the inspiration Eames_plywood_birch_3for the couple's famous lounge chair that bears their names. Later he would create in aluminum and fiberglass. But in the beginning, it was plywood.

To commemorate the centennial celebration, licensor Herman Miller is reissuing the famous plywood in a birch veneer in the original white, blue and yellow finishes.


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great article! i'm a huge eames fan! (the links didn't work)

Posted by: mod*mom | Jun 19, 2007 4:23:20 PM

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