Charles Eames (1907-1978) in partnership with his wife, Ray (1912-1988), were two of the most important designers of the twentieth century. Their unique vision and willingness to explore new materials led to breakthrough designs that have become synonymous with the term mid-century modern". The visionary couple embraced modern design as capable of promoting social change, and their careers evolved along these lines. In post-war America, they were not just designers, but also cultural ambassadors who teamed with the federal government and top U.S. businesses to help modernize America. They were proponents of good design for everyone, and its positive impact on daily quality of life. They were also confident that manufacturers and designers could work together to produce beautiful, mass-produced goods.