The SPRZ NY EAMES collection showcases Charles and Ray Eames's timeless designs through graphic T-shirts that fuse fashion and art. © Eames Office LLC (eamesoffice.com)


The latest UNIQLO Eames collab won’t make you sit down

Who wants an Eames t-shirt? *raises both hands*

  • October 3, 2017

3 Oct 2017 – UNIQLO celebrates the groundbreaking contributions of American designer couple Charles and Ray Eames to modern design, art, and culture in the 20th century. Signature Eames chairs and patterns emblazon multi-colored t-shirts, stoles, and slippers in the SPRZ NY EAMES Collection. The UNIQLO Eames collaboration made its debut in Philippine stores yesterday.

Top left: Ray Eames holding up textile with her Dot pattern. Top right: Charles Eames seated amongst the Fiberglass Side Chairs. © Eames Office LLC (eamesoffice.com)

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Among the most influential designers of the 20th century, Charles and Ray Eames transformed how people experienced and observed the world through furniture, architecture, public spaces, and films. The Eamses made waves in the design world after World War II with their molded plywood furniture, of which the plywood chair was touted as “the chair of the 20th century.” Their iconic pieces remain in production under Herman Miller and Vitra.

Model seated on the Molded Plywood Chair © Eames Office LLC (eamesoffice.com)

The Washington Post once described them as the couple that changed the way the 20th century sat down. They also curated an interactive exhibition on mathematics for IBM in 1961 so groundbreaking that it is still on display today.

Ray and Charles Eames met at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, where they worked on Museum of Modern Art’s Organic Furniture Competition with Eero Saarinen. © Eames Office LLC (eamesoffice.com)

Browsing the UNIQLO Eames collection, one will instantly recognize the exploded axonometric of the leather lounge chair and ottoman, silhouettes of the wire chair, and the Eames dot pattern designed by Ray. Check out the available designs here.

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman has been in continuous production and celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. | Photo via facebook.com/uniqlo.ph

Like UNIQLO, Charles and Ray believed that good design and quality objects should be available to all. This belief underpinned their work with innovative materials to celebrate the uncommon beauty of common things and to uplift people in their everyday lives. The Eames Office is currently run by Charles’s grandchildren (Byron Atwood, Lucia Atwood, Eames Demetrios, Llisa Demetrios, and Carla Hartman), and great-grandchildren. 

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