2010 Award Benefit Honoring Charles and Ray Eames Posted October 20, 2010 by Daniel Ostroff

The Museum of California Design’s 8th annual Award Benefit and Auction honored Charles and Ray Eames for their extraordinary contributions to American design. The Eames’ significant advances in the design of objects for everyday use include distinctive plywood furniture, durable fiberglass chairs and colorful storage solutions.

Museum of California Design’s 8th annual Award Benefit and Auction

Eames Exhibit curated by Daniel Ostroff.  Entenza House (Case Study House 9) living room.


Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times, presented the museum’s Henry Award to the Eames’ grandchildren, Eames Demetrios, Director, Eames Office and Chairman of the Board, Eames Foundation, and Lucia Dewey Atwood, Eames Foundation Board Member, and Director, Eames House Preservation, on the designers’ behalf.

The event was held at Case Study House #9, designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for John Entenza, editor of Arts & Architecture Magazine, on an extraordinary ocean-view site in Pacific Palisades. The Entenza House, one of California’s most architecturally significant homes, was completed in 1949, and because it has never been open to the public, it is one of the most eagerly sought after to visit of the 17 extant Case Study Houses.

In addition, the Eames Foundation welcomed our benefit guests to visit the adjacent Eames House grounds and to view from the outside the interior of the Eames House, the 1949 Case Study House #8.

An exhibition of iconic Eames designs curated by Daniel Ostroff, Historian/Editor Eames Office  eamesdesigns.com website and curator of the A+D Museum’s 2011 Getty/Pacific Standard Time exhibition,  was on view in the Entenza House along with a digital presentation of Charles Eames’ architecture, including this film.


Lucia Eames accepting the award on behalf of the Eames family

MOCAD Lucia Eames

Gerard O’Brien of Reform Gallery conducts the benefit auction


Christopher Hawthorne of the Los Angeles Times


Daniel Ostroff, MOCAD exhibition curator, with benefit sponsor Joel Chen


Eames Office Education Director, Carla Hartman, Lucia Eames, and MOCAD’s Bill Stern



Hosts Gary Stiffelman and Carmen Stiffleman, with MOCAD’s Bill Stern