Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Charles Eames’ quotes and sayings on design, quality, ideas, problem, creativity, condition, work, architecture etc.

24 Charles Eames’ Most Memorable Quotes

Quick Facts

Born On: June 17, 1907

Died On: August 21, 1978

Born In: St. Louis, Missouri

Died At Age: 71

Charles Eames was a groundbreaking American designer who reinvented the entire furniture and architecture industry with their revolutionary sketches. Charles, along with his consort Ray Eames, also contributed in the fields of fine art, graphic design, industrial design, manufacturing and the photographic arts. They went on to receive prestigious recognitions such as AIA Twenty-five Year Award and Royal Gold Medal, for their excellence in the field of designing. The IDSA tagged Charles as the one of "The Most Influential Designer of the 20th Century" Eames: The Architect and the Painter was released in 2011, which depicts their role in the development of modern architecture. Eames was responsible for designing the game-changing Eames Lounge Chair. Majority of his works are displayed at precious locations such as Library of Congress exhibit, The World of Charles and Ray Eames Barbican Art Gallery, Eames & Hollywwod, Art & Design Atomium Museum and Charles and Ray Eames at the Design Museum. We have curated some of Eames’ quotes and sayings from his work, observations, interviews etc. Here are some of the most enlightening quotes from this trailblazer in the designing industry.

Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.

Charles Eames

Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world.

Charles Eames

To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need.

Charles Eames

The details are details. They make the product. The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life.

Charles Eames

The real questions are: Does it solve a problem? Is it serviceable? How is it going to look in ten years?

Charles Eames

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.

Charles Eames

Who ever said that pleasure wasn't functional?

Charles Eames

Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic.

Charles Eames

Ideas are cheap. Always be passionate about ideas and communicating those ideas and discoveries to others in the things you make.

Charles Eames

We work because it's a chain reaction, each subject leads to the next.

Charles Eames

It is almost impossible to reconcile self expression with the creative act.

Charles Eames

It makes me feel guilty that anybody should have such a good time doing what they are supposed to do.

Charles Eames

In architecture the idea degenerated. Design allows a more direct and pleasurable route.

Charles Eames

The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead.

Charles Eames

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.

Charles Eames

Beyond the age of information, there is the age of choices.

Charles Eames

Who is to say that pleasure is useless?

Charles Eames

The details are not the details. They make the design.

Charles Eames

Choose Your Corner, Pick Away At It Carefully, Intensely, & To The Best Of Your Ability, & That Way, You Might change The World.

Charles Eames

Genius? Nothing--we just worked harder.

Charles Eames

It is not easy to do something good, but it is extremely difficult to do something bad.

Charles Eames

Take your pleasure seriously.

Charles Eames

Eventually everything connects.

Charles Eames

Most people aren’t trained to want to face the process of re-understanding a subject they already know. One must obtain not just literacy, but deep involvement and re-understanding.

Charles Eames