10 Quotes by Charles and Ray Eames

Charles was an architect, and Ray was an artist. Together, the American husband and wife team created some of the most iconic mid-century designs, including the ubiquitous Eames plastic armchair, Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and “Hang it all” coat rack. Their designs combine art, science, architecture, and style, and the couple is known for their commitment to hard work and sense of humour. Here are some of the most memorable quotes from the legendary couple.

    Ray and Charles Eames in sync at work.

    1. “We want to make the best for the most for the least.” – Charles Eames
    2. “What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.” – Ray Eames


    The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman (1965)

    1.  “Design depends largely on constraints.” – Charles and Ray Eames
    2. “The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead.” – Charles Eames

    Eames plastic armchair (1950)

    1. “The details are not the details, the details make the product.” – Charles and Ray Eames
    2.  “Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are precursors to serious ideas.” – Charles Eames

    Hangitall (1953)

    1. “Genius? Nothing – we just worked harder.” – Charles Eames
    2. “Take your pleasure seriously.” – Charles and Ray Eames

    Eames Elephant (Inspired by the original plywood version designed in 1945.)

    1. “The role of the designer is that of a very good thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” – Charles Eames
    2. “It is almost impossible to reconcile self-expression with the creative act.” – Charles Eames
    Images courtesy of Vitra, Herman Miller, and Eames Designs.