Charles and Ray Eames: Modern Living in a Postwar Era





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Anything seemed possible within the spirit of the postwar era. It is often noted that Charles and Ray Eames advocated the principles of Modernism through the adaptation of innovation from wartime technology. Undoubtedly, Charles and Ray Eames were pioneers who gave shape to America’s 20th century through the pursuit of industrialization, including their influence in the process of prefabricated mass production and residential construction. Their lives and work are significant not only due to their innovative furniture but also because of the internationalization and global expansion of American culture through their contributions to architecture, film, and industrial and graphic design.

How to Cite

Normandin, K. (2012). Charles and Ray Eames: Modern Living in a Postwar Era. Docomomo Journal, (46), 48–53.




Author Biography

Kyle Normandin, Getty Conservation Institute

Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles, California, where he managers the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI), a comprehensive, long–term and international program of the GCI. He serves as the Chair of the docomomo International ISC Technological committee. He has contributed numerous technical papers on architectural conservation of cultural heritage and continues to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal of Architectural Conservation.Kyle holds a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University in the City of New York. Kyle is an active docomomo member and is specialized in the investigation, preservation and restoration of historic buildings and monuments.


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