Eames Foundation

The Eames Office is proud to be a Founding Sponsor of the Eames Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and maintaining the Eames House as well as creating educational experiences that draw from the work of Charles and Ray.

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames as a place to both live and work, the Eames House is #8 of the Arts and Architecture Case Study House program.  Built in 1949, the Eames House is considered one of the most important post-World War II residences in the world.  It was formally declared a National Historic Landmark on June 17, 2007, Charles’s 100th birthday.

In reference to the Eames House, Charles Eames explained: “We began by trying to gain an understanding of family behavior and a vocabulary of materials and techniques, correlated through a logical approach to economics, and adapted to an industrialized system of mass production.  We agreed that the House must make no insistent demands for itself, but rather aid as a background for life in work.” 

The House is a living laboratory of the Eameses’ ideas and creativity, illuminating their approaches to life and work in a multi-layered, visceral manner.  Nestled in a magical setting overlooking the Pacific ocean and sided by an expansive meadow surrounded by trees, the Eameses’ iconic home has been maintained as it was during Charles and Ray’s lifetimes, with their many possessions telling the story of their life and work.

As Charles’s daughter Lucia said, when establishing the Foundation, “I really felt that the house is the keystone.  If it can be secured, then I hope it will be like the center of the sun radiating out, enticing people who are interested in new ways of communicating.”

The Eames Office hopes that you will join Herman Miller, Vitra, IBM, Ameriprise and others in supporting the work at the Eames Foundation.  For more information, please join us at www.eamesfoundation.org.