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Ray Eames

Henry Hopkins in conversation with Ray Eames


Bernice Alexandra "Ray" Eames was born in Sacramento in 1912. 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 at Riverside Museum in Manhattan. Eames met her future husband Charles Eames at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 1940 and they married the next year. Ray and Charles settled in Los Angeles, opened a design office where they worked designing furniture, houses, monuments, exhibitions, textiles and toys. The couple took advantage of the newest materials and technology to create cost-effective production. In Ray’s words, “what works is better than what looks good. The looks good can change, but what works, works.” Ray Eames died in Los Angeles in 1988.

Interview Recorded on 8/27/1988

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