Charles Eames + Eero Saarinen

Collaborative Works

Crow Island School chair. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, HB-06184-C; Hedrich-Blessing, photographer

This Crow Island School desk, designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, reflects each designer's formative past and predicts their successful futures. Developed in 1939 for Eliel Saarinen’s Crow Island public school in Winnetka, Illinois, the furniture from this commission  is the predecessor to the seminal chairs and cabinets that Eames and Saarinen created in 1940 for the Organic Design Competition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

For the competition, the designers submitted collections in two categories – seating for a living room and furniture for a living room – and won first prize for both.

Their use of innovative technologies and new manufacturing processes set the works by Eames and Saarinen apart from their competitors. Eames and Saarinen’s collaboration for both the Crow Island School and the Organic Design Competition would leave a lasting mark on modern movements in design and influence the directions both designers would take in their independent careers.

The following four lots were designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen.