Ray Eames

"What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts."

December 15, 1912
August 21, 1988
Birth Place
Sacramento, California, United States of America
Current Place
Los Angeles, California, United States of America


Ray Eames was an American artist, designer, and filmmaker. Along with her husband Charles Eames she is responsible for groundbreaking contributions in the field of architecture, furniture design, industrial design, manufacturing and the photographic arts. She was born in Sacramento, California. Her parents taught her the quality of enjoyment which later led to inventions in furniture design and toys. After having lived in a number of cities during her youth and after her father's death, in 1933 she graduated from Bennett Women's College in Millbrook, New York, and moved to New York City, where she studied abstract expressionist painting with Hans Hofmann. She was a founder of the American Abstract Artists group in 1936 and displayed paintings in their first show a year later in 1937 at Riverside Museum in Manhattan. In September 1940, she began studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She worked with Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames and others on the display panels for the exhibition "Organic Design in Home Furnishings" at Museum of Modern Art. Settling in Los Angeles, California, Ray and her husband began an outstanding career in design and architecture.

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