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Designer Couples: Charles and Ray Eames

In honor of wedding season here at Sugar, I thought I'd take a look at some marriages that have made major contributions to the world of design. You've heard of "designer babies," but I'm talking about designer couples — be it architects, interior designers, or product designers, there are plenty of wedded duos who prove that "the couple that designs together, stays together."

It's only natural to start with Charles and Ray Eames, arguably some of the most influential designers, who made their mark in the fields of industrial design, furniture design, art, graphic design, film, and architecture. Charles and Ray met in 1940 when Ray enrolled at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where Charles was teaching and later became the head of the industrial design department. They married in 1941, just a few years after Charles had divorced his first wife. Check out this slideshow to see some of their iconic designs.


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