In the mid-1940s, Charles and Ray Eames began designing toys and furniture for
children, including molded plywood animals, colorful building blocks and whimsical
masks. “We have to take pleasure seriously,” said Charles Eames, and the Hang-It-All
(1953) is an example of this mantra. Made with a sturdy steel frame and solid wood balls,
this design was created using the same technique for simultaneously welding wires that
the Eameses developed for their low tables and wire chairs. They originally made the
Hang-It-All for Tigrett Enterprises’ Playhouse Division, and Herman Miller reissued it in
1994. This is the authentic Hang-It-All by Herman Miller. Eames is a licensed trademark
of Herman Miller. Made in Taiwan.
Design is for living. That maxim shaped a widespread shift in design during the 1940s and 1950s. It was a revolution of form, an exciting visual language that signaled a new age and a fresh start and two of its prime movers were Charles and Ray Eames. The Eameses were a husband and wife team whose unique synergy led to a whole new look in furniture. Lean and modern. Sleek, sophisticated and simple. Beautifully functional.
Yet Charles and Ray Eames created more than a "look" with their bent plywood chairs or molded fiberglass seating. They had ideas about making a better world, one in which things were designed to fulfill the practical needs of ordinary people and bring greater simplicity and pleasure to our lives. Read more >