America’s most original furniture designer, Eames really considered himself an architect because he worked with structure, witch he equated with architecture. After studying at Washington University , in 1936 Eames entered Cranbrook Academy of Art, founded by Eliel Saarinen. Here he met up with his future wife, Ray Kaiser, and Eero Saarinen, Eliel’s son. In 1940 he won first prize for his ” organic design” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York with a chair in curved plywood. In 1946 Eames held a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art, with pieces witch have since become hallmarks of modern living. Nearly all his furniture was created from successive full-size prototypes, rather than from technical drawings. This system enabled him to test each piece for comfort, which he considered to be a prerequisite of design.