Charles a Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are two of the most meaningful designers of 20th century. Their success is coming from innovative approach and courage to experiment with a new and unconventional materials.
Charles Eames was born at 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri. He soon began to assert in the art of furniture design and Cranbrook Academy of Art offered to him a collaboration, where he became a design department manager. Here he also meet his second future wife named Ray. Their production was focused on creation and improvement of medical splints and stretchers for Navy.
After the War ended Evans Product started to create a furniture designed by Eames. Their chairs made from shaped plywood was called “chair of the century” by well-known design critic Esther McCoy.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe was born as Maria Ludwig Michael Mies (March 27, 1886 Aachen – August 17, 1969 Chicago) was German architect and he lived in USA since 1938.
He was a son of a stonecutter and he was employed from his 15th. In 1905 he came to Berlin where he worked with architect Bruno Paul.
Among his the most known building belongs The German Pavilion on the International exhibition in Barcelona from 1929 and elegant Vila Tugendhat (Brno, CZ) from 1930.
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) was an artist, sculptor and designer of modern furniture. He was born in Italy. In 1932 he got a scholarship at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit, where he studied Paintings and Sculpture.
In 1939 get another scholarship at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills in Michigan. This academy was founded by Eliel Saarinen.
There he met Charles Eames. In the forties he was focusing on a production of furniture. In 1950 he started his own firm in Bally in Pennsylvania and he also started collaboration with Florence and Hans Knoll. “Model 420 Diamond” made from shaped chromed steel wire was quickly became bestseller.