Images & text courtesy by Maharam.
Text courtesy by the Eames Office
Circles by Charles and Ray Eames.
In 1946, Charles and Ray entered The Competition for Printed Fabrics sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s Department of Industrial Design organized the contest with jurors including architect Marcel Breuer, the Managing Editor of ART NEWS, and directors of multiple MoMA departments. Out of nearly 2,500 entries, four winners and fifteen honorable mentions were awarded cash prizes, a traveling exhibition, and the production of the textiles.
“Circles” did not win Ray any awards during jurying, however, Lucia Eames and Mary Murphy of Maharam resurrected the pattern from Ray’s original drawings and transformed into a cotton/polyester textile in 1999. The design is still produced and loved today.
70% Cotton, 30% Polyester
Width: 55″ (140cm)
Repeat: 6 1/4″ V, 6 1/2″ H (16cm V, 17cm H)
Country of Origin: Germany
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About Charles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames (1907-1978; 1912-1988, United States) were a husband-and-wife design team.
Theirs contributions to architecture, furniture, and photography laid the foundation for American mid-century modernism. Charles Eames studied architecture at Washington University (Missouri) and later become head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan).
Ray Eames studied at Bennett College (New York) and later studied painting under Hans Hofmann. In 1940, she attended Cranbrook, where she met Charles Eames and they married a year later, in 1941.
Their work together began with experimental manipulations of plywood, and, in 1946, they exhibited their furniture at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Herman Miller began to produce their works in the 1950s. Although the Eameses moved into film, photography, and print, they designed furniture into the 1970s. Their timeless work continues to be influential.