Born in 1907 in St Louis (Missouri, United States), Charles Eames begins architecture studies in 1925 but stop two years later. He travels to Europe and meets the designers Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. In 1930, he founds his own architectural firm with Charles Gray.
He works with Eliel Saarinen and his son Eero with whom he wins his first prize during a competition organised by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.In 1938, he returns to his architecture studies in at the University of Michigan where he quickly becomes professor of industrial design. He meets his wife Ray with whom he has worked all his life. The couple moves to Hollywood where they build film sets. They invent new assembly techniques plywood.
When war broke out, their innovations are funded by the Navy for the production of splints, stretchers and even fuselages of landing gliders. In 1949, they have the famous Pacific Palisades home that will become a reference in the field of lightweight construction plywood.
In 1956, the couple continues his research on the hulls of molded plywood and traced the Eames Lounge Chair. This is a huge hit which sold over 6 million copies worldwide. The couple has also completed numerous educational films whose remarkable "Powers of 10".