Charles Eames and Alexander Girard

Defining Mid-Century American Design



Charles Eames and Alexander Girard first met in 1946 when Detrola contracted Evans Products for the design and manufacture of radio enclosures. At the time, Girard was the head of design at Detrola and Eames was working for the Molded Plywood Division of Evans Products. Charles Eames gave this unique radio enclosure to Alexander Girard as an example of the high quality and beautiful work produced by Evans Products.

Detrola and Evans Products continued to create radios through 1948 when Detrola dissolved its radio division. Eames and Girard however, fast became friends, collaborating and influencing each others designs repeatedly throughout their careers. Today, both Eames and Girard are names that are synonymous with mid-century American Design.


Radio cabinet production at Evans Products, Michigan. The Story of Eames Furniture:The Early Years, Book 1, Neuhart and Neuhart, pg. 383


Front panel components for plywood radios cabinets. The Story of Eames Furniture:The Early Years, Book 1, Neuhart and Neuhart, pg. 380


Radio cabinet production at Evans Products, Michigan. The Story of Eames Furniture:The Early Years, Book 1, Neuhart and Neuhart, pg. 383