The Guest/Host Relationship

Eames Web Slider_Charles and Ray_Barbican

1940, 1972

Charles once recalled a conversation he had with Eero Saarinen on the subject of the Guest/Host Relationship, saying:

One of the things we hit upon was the quality of a host. That is, the role of the architect, or the designer, is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests—those who enter the building and use the objects in it. We decided that this was an essential ingredient in the design of a building or a useful object.

The quote was originally published as part of Digby Diehl’s interview with Charles Eames in the Los Angeles Times on October 8, 1972.

The ideas and ideals behind the Guest/Host Relationship permeated all of Charles and Ray’s work. For additional examples, please click on the links below:

Norton Lectures
Herman Miller International Slideshow