Charles & Ray Eames were huge collectors, a prominent piece in their extensive collection was a huge wooden whale over two metres in length, its origins were unknown but was classed as North American folk art.
Charles and Ray Eames were exceptionally fond of the painted object and it occupied a permanent place in the Eames Office and was also used in photo shoots – such as the first photos of the Lounge Chair. This smaller-scale reproduction of the Eames House Whale by Vitra is crafted from ash wood and painted by hand.
Charles & Ray Eames are one of modern design's most recognisable partnerships. Born in the early part of the 20th Century Charles and Ray Eames married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles, where together they began experimenting with techniques for the three-dimensional moulding of plywood. The aim was to create comfortable chairs that were affordable.
Playful and fun, the Eames' had a great energy that lives through their iconic products today. "Take your pleasure seriously" was a favourite saying of Charles Eames.