Charles & Ray Eames’s June 20 Anniversary, Their House & Grandson Posted June 13, 2014 by Marlow Hoffman

Historian Eleanor Schrader on the Eames House and the benefits of being an Eames Foundation Member.

Below is an excerpt from a blog post in the Beverly Hills Patch by Eleanor Schrader, an architectural and interior design historian. Read the full story by clicking here.

“A house full of light and air, made of prefabricated materials and hidden by eucalyptus trees, overlooks a meadow on Chautauqua Boulevard in Pacific Palisades. Known as the Eames House, it embodies the ideas and ideals of the mid-century design team of Charles and Ray Eames through their association with the Case Study House program of 1945-1962.

“And if you’re a member of the Eames Foundation, you get a free tour of the exterior and the interior on Saturday, June 21, held every year close to the June 20 wedding anniversary of the Eames couple, who have attained iconic status.

“But even if you’re not a member, the property is, fortunately, open to the public on a reservation basis. You can view this exemplary mid-century modern home from the outside, peek through the windows into the first floor, and wander the grounds.

“We are fortunate that the home has been preserved and is open to the public. We are fortunate that this husband-and-wife team brought their unique talents to a partnership that is considered one of America’s most important and influential design teams. Their work literally helped shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today.

“And I am fortunate to count their grandson Eames Demetrios – who has been the keeper of the flame of the Eames legacy and who is one of the most fascinating humans on the planet today – as my friend. More on him later, but first a little more about the Eames’ Case Study house.

“The Case Study House program was an innovative program conceived by John Entenza, the editor of Arts & Architecture magazine, designed to promote a series of prototype homes that would provide a modern alternative to tract housing, especially in consideration of millions of G.I.s returning from World War II. The Case Study House program embraced the belief that wartime technology and materials could be better used for peacetime design. Each of the case studies was intended to represent the needs of a particular client, yet solve the needs of each client in a universal way. The Eames couple designed their home using themselves as the hypothetical clients, a working couple with no children at home, who needed space for living and working quarters.”

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Eleanor Schrader is an award winning architectural and interior design historian, professor and consultant who lectures worldwide on the history of architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts.