Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen

Award-winning designs from the Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition


Eames and Saarinen's furniture at the MoMA's "Organic Design in Home Furnishings". Charles Eames: Furniture from the Design Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Drexler, pg. 4

In 1940-1941, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen introduced two award-winning collections of furniture at the famous Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Both collections - storage and seating - won first prize, but their seating designs with compound-molded shells made from a single piece of plywood were notable for their use of innovative technology.


Competition drawing submitted by Eames and Saarinen. Charles Eames: Furniture from the Design Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Drexler, pg. 6

Despite winning the competition, the Eames-Saarinen chairs were too expensive to make so they never went into production. Still, these seating forms played a seminal role in the development of the Eames' ubiquitous LCW and Saarinen's renowned Womb chair in addition to greatly influencing a shift in modern design aesthetics and mass production methods.


Eames and Saarinen, 1941. Charles Eames: Furniture from the Design Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Drexler, pg. 13