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"When we first started to make furniture, why, we built the tools right in the office. It was an architect's or a design office. We built the tools. We also built the first 5,000 chairs that were made, right in the office. And we built the tools upon which the first 50,000 chairs were made and sent them out. And this is working, fighting out each little thing and each little problem.. problems in rubber, problems in welding, right on the brink of disaster every minute.. Most of the answers were essentially architectural answers and they dealt and fell back necessarily upon constraints."

- Charles Eames



"Design depends largely on constraints.. The sum of all constraints. Here is one of the few effective keys to the design problem - the ability of the designer to recognize as many of the constraints as possible - his willingness and enthusiasm for working within these constraints. Constraints of prices, of size, of strenth, of balance, of surface, of time, and so forth. Each problem has its own peculiar list."

- Charles Eames, in the film Design Q&A



"Furniture, and especially chairs, interest me because it is a piece of architecture on the human scale... Architecture is frustrating. You work on an idea, but standing between you and the event itself are many traps: the finance committee, the contractor, the subcontractor, the engineer, even the politicians - all of them can really cause the concept to degenerate.

Going into furniture, we have a more direct relationship with the end product - a better chance to keep the concept from degenerating. That's why architects design furniture - so you can design a piece of architecture you can hold in your hand."

- Charles Eames



(on Cranbrook) And from then on, the whole bit is applying architecture to problems. And all problems that have come to us, [Ray and I] have applied as architecture. The reason I've gone through this is to give a little bit of an idea of what architecure was.

And the architecture of Eliel, who was also a great teacher. Eliel Saarinen, was one that implied looking at all the parts and then, sort of, looking always at the next larger thing, and then the next larger thing. This was ... Eliel.



(on Mathematica) it "should be of interest to a bright student and not embarrass the most knowledgeable." Their approach to education exemplifiedtheir core belief that one should "take one's pleasures seriously".



"The details are not the details; the details make the product."

- Charles Eames



During the first fifteen years of working together, Charles and Ray Eames focused primarily on designing simple, comfortable, affordable chairs that could be mass-produced. As Charles summarised, "we wanted to make the best for the most for the least."


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