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Eames galore – Wright to auction JF Chen collection

With their furniture and other objects, Charles and Ray Eames reshaped American design in the 20th Century. Now, a collection of almost 300 pieces of their work is set to go under the hammer…

Icons in plywood and glassfibre

In recent years, the mid-century designs of Charles and Ray Eames have experienced a spectacular return. You’ll find an example of their work in almost every stylishly furnished living room, whether in London, Tokyo or New York. But while the market has been flooded with well-made remakes and tributes, original Eameses aren’t easy to find. Expect much activity, then, at the next Wright auction, as almost 300 Eames classics from the collection of JF Chen are set to be auctioned. The lotlist reaches back to their early works for the MoMA’s Organic Design competition, and includes plywood and glassfibre chairs, shelves from the Eames storage units series, as well as works made of aluminium. We’ll perhaps never see such a comprehensive catalogue of Eames works up for sale ever again.

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