Your Eames Story: My Favorite Spot in the House

Posted January 26, 2018

In this Your Eames Story, Dan Symons shares his favorite Eames design and its connection to one of his fondest childhood memories.

I’ve lived in East London for the past nine years, but I grew up in a Richard Neutra House in Orinda, California, about a 20-minute drive from San Francisco. When my parents bought the house all those years ago, the other bidder was planning to knock it down and build a three-story monstrosity. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.

My favorite item in our house was always our living room coffee table, which I now know to be the classic Eames Elliptical Tablesometimes referred to as the “surfboard table.” I spent countless hours laying under it, reading and listening to the rain hit our huge glass windows (back when it rained in California).

The living room contained a number of other authentic designs as well, such as two Eames LTR Occasional Side Tables and a Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen. Although these pieces contributed to somewhat design-driven fort building as a child, they were less exciting to me and didn’t compare to spending time under that Elliptical Table.

It is one of my favorite memories from growing up.  

Dan Symons


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Image Gallery: Color image courtesy of Dan Symons. Black & White images shows the Richard Neutra House as photographed by Julius Shulman after it was first built in 1951. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

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