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Lot 20: Charles & Ray Eames, ESU 200-C, USA, c. 1950
20 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Plywood and metal, partially painted polychrome, Masonite, laminate
USA, c. 1949
Design: Charles (1907-1978) and Ray Eames (1912-1988) – US-American designer couple
Execution: presumably Herman Miller (est. 1905) – US-American manufacturer for furniture
Elongated-rectangular sideboard, lower part with sliding doors, upper part with 3 drawers and an open compartment
Provenance: 82 x 119.5 x 42.5 cm
Good condition, consistent with age
ESU stands for ‘Eames Storage Units’ – a system of free-standing, multifunctional shelves and desks, which had been developed in 1949 by Charles and Ray Eames: in the sense of mid-century design, the furniture in this range is constructed strictly in keeping with the principles of industrial mass production
The sideboard is in good condition, consistent with age and bearing usual signs of wear. The top cover with several water stains. Partially heavier surface abrasion throughout as well as occasionally along the edges smaller bumps. The size is 82 x 119.5 x 42.5 cm. (nlu)
Charles (1907-1978) & Ray Eames (1912-1988)
Charles Eames (1907-1978) studied at the Washington University in St. Louis and opened his first architecture office in 1930. In 1940, he won the ‘Organic Design in Home Furnishings’-Competition of the MOMA in New York and was named head of the Industrial Design Department of the Cranbrook Academy of Art the same year. He married his second wife Ray (1912-1988) in 1941, and they became one of the most known and popular design couples of the 20th century. Their designs for Hermann Miller, for whom they designed complete product lines, were new, unusual and most of them are design milestones.
Herman Miller Inc.
The company has started in 1905 under the name Star Furniture Company until it was taken over by Herman Miller and named thus. He won such names as George Nelson and Ray and Eames Charles for his company. Since 1957, Vitra has the rights to produce the Eames furniture for Herman Miller in Europe.
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