“I love you very much and would like to marry you very soon,” Charles Eames, who would have turned 106 yesterday, once scrawled across a piece of Cranbrook Academy stationery. It was on a Tuesday that he confessed his love for Ray Kaiser, fellow Cranbrook student, future wife, and visionary counterpart.
Because Ray decided to take a chance with Charles, an admittedly “broke” 34-year-old divorcé in a bit of an apparent hurry (“*soon means very soon,” the footnotes read), the two ultimately became a pair of names that resonate as a singular, legendary entity. Their collaborative body of work came to reflect all the modernist qualities of Charles’s straightforward prose: purity, efficiency, and grace. Architects today could stand to take a note or two.
— Janelle Zara
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