As an auction house, we deal in a wide spectrum of designers – consigned to us on the grounds that they fall beneath the umbrella of Modernism. That being said, there are specific designers that we carry more often than others and among this group there are a handful that command our personal enthusiasm:
1907-1995 (b. Rochelle, Illinois, USA)
1903-1981 (b. Munich, Germany)
1931-1991 (b. Germany)
Springer emigrated to New York in the late fifties with the intention of becoming a bookbinder. Instead he created decorative objects covered in animal skins using innovative methods while employed at Lord & Taylor. His designs attracted the attention of a Bergdorf Goodman buyer resulting in growing attention from a discerning clientele.
In the early sixties he opened a small workshop and began focusing on designing furniture. The Duchess of Windsor secured the success of his business, openly praising his designs to people of influence.
He is renowned for his pursuit of quality, his innovative methods and his use of a wide spectrum of materials.
1931-1987 (b. Newton, Pennsylvania, USA)
1922-2003 (b. Brooklyn, New York, USA)
1905-1976 (b. London, UK)
1907-1978 (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Education: Studied architecture at Washington University and Cranbrook Academy of Art
1912-1988 (Sacramento, California, USA)
Education: Studied at Bennett School and Cranbrook Academy of Art
Having accrued experience in engineering, drawing, and architecture while working at Laclede Steel Company during his high school years, Charles Eames went on to attend university on an architecture scholarship. His collegiate attendance was short-lived – some claim he was dismissed for his interest in modern architecture, while others claim his employment as an architect at Trueblood and Graf had a detrimental effect on his performance.
Charles constructed his own practice in partnership with Charles Gray in 1930 – a third partner, Walter Pauley, joined shortly thereafter. Following an invitation by one of his influences, Eliel Saarinen (a Finnish architect), Charles moved to further study architecture, eventually becoming a teacher and the head of the industrial design department at Cranbrook. With the assistance of Eliel's son Eero, Charles designed furniture for the Museum of Modern Art in New York – their submissions, demonstrating the practical application of wood molding (a new technique originally developed by Alvar Aalto), earned awards in a competition titled "Organic Design in Home Furnishings". Eame's use of this technique would eventually play a crucial role in the development of products to be used by the U.S. Navy during the second world war.
Following the divorce of his first wife, Charles married Ray Kaiser (a Cranbrook colleague) and settled in Los Angeles, California, where they constructed the celebrated Eames House for Art & Architecture's 8th "Case Study".
An artist, designer and filmmaker, Ray studied abstract expressionism with Hans Hofman prior to meeting Charles. She is also credited for founding the American Abstract Artists group, designing numerous covers for Arts & Architecture magazine, and creating a body of textiles from which two were selected to be produced by the prestigious Schiffer Prints.
The operation of their office spanned the course of four decades – during which they pioneered with designs executed in molded plywood wood, fiberglass, plastic resin, and wire mesh. Among their accomplishments are the celebrated DCW, DCM, Eames Lounge Chair, Aluminum Group Furniture, and Eames Chaise.
1927-, (Worms on the Rhine, Germany)
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