Eames descendants keep design legacy “real” Posted April 26, 2008 by Daniel Ostroff

From SFGate.com: In the centennial year of his birth, Charles Eames’ descendents are making sure he’s not forgotten.

Eames’ descendents keep design legacy ‘real’

April 26, 2008|By Susan Fornoff
SFGate.com
Lucia and Llisa Eames at the IIDA Pioneers in Design event, in front of a photo of Charles Eames. Photo by Andy Pischalnikoff
Credit: Andy Pischalnikoff

In the centennial year of his birth, Charles Eames’ descendents are making sure he’s not forgotten.

Lucia Eames, the daughter of the design maestro and his first wife, Catherine, and her five children formed the Eames Foundation to preserve the legacy of Charles and Ray, his second wife and design partner for some of the 20th century’s famed furniture and design works. They’ve all got their own things going – youngest daughter Llisa is a bronze sculptor – but have united to keep the Eames House the couple built in 1949 up and running in Pacific Palisades, and also to keep things “real,” as Lucia says in reference to plagiarism.

On April 16, the Northern California chapter of the International Interior Design Association was treated to a beyond-entertaining talk by Lucia and (mostly by interruption) Llisa, who live next door to each other in Petaluma but visited San Francisco’s Four Seasons for the IIDA’s Pioneers in Design event. They said there’s something new each month on the Web site ( www.eamesfoundation.org) to celebrate Charles’ birthday – as well as a series of 16 stamps from the U.S. Postal Service.