when you look at pictures of Charles and Ray Eames one of the best things about this talented and innovative couple is that they really looked like they always had so much fun together. which is why i wasn’t surprised when i stumbled upon some Life Magazine pics of a range of toys that they designed in the early fifties. the Eames’ didn’t have children of their own (Charles had a daughter with his first wife) but I could imagine that if they ever did they would have created an amazing world for them to play in.

did you know that Ray died ten years to the day after Charles did? Another lovely factoid is that they used to serve bowls of flowers to their dinner guests as a “visual dessert”. If you want to know more about them and their extraordinary body of work you should watch the PBS documentary Eames: the Architect and the Painter.


  1. Loved these pictures! They truly looked as if they had the best of times together. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So happy to see these pictures. I am an enormous Eames fan. They really were pretty great, weren’t they?!

  3. thanks for these, they are just the inspiration needed when thinking of designing exhibition displays. So fun and yet so simple.

  4. Don’t know why, but these two just restored my faith in America.

  5. How adorable! I don’t know if it was just the dresses she wore or if she had some rockin hips, but man is Ray’s silhouette killer!

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