To me, C&R were not only prominent designers, they were also innovative business people. They successfully pioneered the concept of mass produced furniture . With the combination of a great idea, business thinking, ergonomic concepts and design prowess, they successfully mass-produced the first molded plastic chairs, these were molded in low-cost fiberglass reinforced polyester in 1948. They were introduced in 1951 by the Herman Miller Furniture Company. Such an idea created a whole new market for low-cost & design conscious furniture creating a huge buzz and recognition in the furniture industry - with rewarding profits (needless to say).
Then came the case study house that was introduced in the 50s. It was intended to test ways of building efficient, inexpensive modern homes during the post-World War II building boom. With consideration to design, the case study houses looked like they were inspired by Mondrian art(1930s). C&R were designers of their time as they were not only designing for aesthetic value but functional purposes too.
'The Role of the designer is that of a very thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guest' - Charles Eames.
This quote embodies the essence of C&R’s inspirations and design process, to create something that places the guest and need at the centre - a profoundly human approach that produced some of the most important modern designs.
Works of C&R are mostly designed with the intention of reproducing their work at a low cost to reach out to the masses. This might be an audacious conjecture but i was thinking - C&R may have inspired the Pop-art culture in the 50s. Pop-Artists like Andy Warhol have been working on methods to massively reproduce his print artworks ,creating a pivotal era of pop art.
Right now I just need to save enough money to get myself an Eames Lounge Chair - such heritage,timeless design and ergonomic comfort!
P.S : If i were to be roommates with C&R, I would dislike them because they seem to be extreme organised hoarders.