Eames Stamps

In recognition of their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, manufacturing and photographic arts, designers Charles and Ray Eames will be honored next summer with a pane of 16 stamps designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC. If you’ve ever sat in a stackable molded chair, you’ve experienced their creativity. Perhaps best known for their furniture, the Eameses were husband and wife as well as design partners. Their extraordinary body of creative work — which reflected the nation’s youthful and inventive outlook after World War II — also included architecture, films and exhibits. Without abandoning tradition, Charles and Ray Eames used new materials and technology to create high-quality products that addressed everyday problems and made modern design available to the American public. (source)

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Overall, the collection interesting, especially in its focus of portraying the various creative pursuits of the couple.  There are some obvious choices, such as the molded plywood chair and the iconic Eames Lounge Chair, which has been in continuous production since it was created in 1956.

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What’s missing? Charles and Ray are incredibly photogenic, yet there is just one photo of them (harkening to younger days). I would have loved to see their motorcycle image on a stamp – it is so darned classic.

 

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