Charles Eames started his design career very early enough to be employed, already at the age of only 14, in the laboratories of the Laclede Steel Company.
He studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He proposed to his professors the study of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright but, initially dissuaded by the intent, he was then expelled from the school because - reads one of the professors' comments - "his point of view was too modern".
The Finnish architect Eero Saarinen had a great influence on him with whom he shared some professional experiences and with whom he became friends. In 1938, at the invitation of the latter, he moved to Michigan, where he studied architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, to then teach you later becoming also director of the industrial design department..