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The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention

brings together the sources of the Eameses' inspiration, the personal documents of their lives, and the finished products of their work. According to the exhibit, "Charles and Ray Eames practiced design at its most virtuous and its most expansive. From the 1940s to the 1970s, their furniture, toys, buildings, films, exhibitions, and books aimed to improve society -- not only functionally, but culturally and intellectually as well." The Eames chair is only the best known of their designs (Library of Congress)

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Charles Eames (1907-78) and Ray Eames (1912-88) gave shape to America's twentieth century. Their lives and work represented the nation's defining movements: the West Coast's coming-of-age, the economy's shift from making goods to producing information, and the global expansion of American culture.
Production Art for 'Powers of Ten,' circa 1977, mixed-media panels and reproductions. Prints & Photographs Division.

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