Charles and Ray Eames and Mid-Century Modern Design





This course focuses on the most important design partnership of the mid 20th century (1941–78) and covers the main areas of the work of the Eames office, namely furniture, toys, architecture, interior design, exhibition design, films, and multimedia presentations. The work is contextualized within postwar modern design, particularly in the United States, and, if they wish, students can study the work of relevant designers and filmmakers such as Eero Saarinen, Knoll, George Nelson, Robin and Lucienne Day, and Eva Zeisel. The proposed guest speakers are Donald Albrecht, who curated the largest Eames exhibition to date, and Eames Demetrios, grandson of the Eameses, who has compiled filmed oral histories of people who worked in the Eames office and has written on the Eames partnership. 3 credits.