Charles and Ray Eames created some of the most innovative chair designs of the 20th century. Their chairs have been made from wood and fiberglass to plastic and metal grilles. The couple met at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan and after clearing up some relationship complications (Charles was married at the time) they married and moved to Los Angeles to open a design studio. Despite the fame of their chair designs, one of their greatest accomplishments was not a chair, but a molded plywood rail that was developed during World War II to replace the metal pull rails that contributed to the burn.
Charles and Ray Eames said that “design is a way of doing things,” and they continued to refine their work as new materials hit the market. When these molded plastic chairs were originally made for the MoMA International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture in 1948, they were designed from metal. In the 1950s, the chair was made from fiberglass and is now made from recyclable polypropylene. Charles wasn’t entirely satisfied with the fiberglass and it wasn’t until after his death that his vision for a matte plastic chair was achieved thanks to advances in materials. This chair was available with four different bases, and the dowel legs are one of our preferred options for dining rooms and offices. If you haven’t seen “Eames: The Architect & The Painter,” we highly recommend putting it on your Netflix queue for a fascinating look at one of history’s great design teams. Below are some inspiration for Eames dowel chairs.
Gray dining room chairs
Matt gray is the perfect choice for a simple yet modern dining room. About very easy
Light and clean
Black Dowel leg chairs
Modern beach mood
Multi-colored Eames chairs