From Professor Kaufman:
The "Molded Plywood" collection of four chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames and their collaborators in the
middle of the 1940s, and introduced after the end of WWII, has the distinction of being the first example of avant-garde
furniture design finding immediate acceptance by the ordinary people for whom it was intended. Hitherto, highly
original modernist furniture appealed -- almost without exception -- to a relatively small audience of architects, college
professors, and wealthy socialites, however ideologically committed their designers were to the Common Man.
This frustrating pattern of unintended exclusivity was finally overturned by the playful and imaginative approach of the Eames
office, an achievement mostly repeated with each introduction of a new line of Eames designs.
Source: Sam Kaufman