Collecting Eames exhibition Posted November 11, 2011 by Daniel Ostroff

The official launch of JF Chen’s Collecting Eames exhibition includes a treasure trove of design works by the legendary design duo.

From Cerentha Harris’s Lifework:
“The official launch of JF Chen’s Collecting Eames exhibition attracted a crowd at the Los Angeles showroom on Sunday. As you can see from the shots there’s an absolute treasure trove of pieces here. Chen has collected over 450 pieces of Eames design–the largest gathering of their pieces ever shown. ‘It was an almost overwhelming historical display,’ said Richard Munsey, Herman Miller’s West Coast A+D Sales Director. ‘I actually had goose bumps walking through the exhibit and was amazed to see pieces that I never knew still existed. And  it was thoughtfully and artfully displayed.’

“I was given a sneak preview the week before with curator Daniel Ostroff. Ostroff is also the editor of the recently launched–an encyclopedic look at the great wide design world of Ray and Charles from their toys and chairs to their films and TV appearances. ‘We really want to encourage people to contribute to the site,’ says Ostroff. ‘And one way they can do that is if they buy any of the pieces in this Collecting Eames show and it’s documented on the site, we will attribute the piece to their personal collection or private collection.’ Ostroff is hoping that by doing this museum’s exhibition, in the future they will have an easier time tracking down significant pieces.”

If you can’t make it to the exhibition, there is a book on Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection that will be out this month. Contact Fiona for details on purchasing the book at

Here are some great photos of the opening by Stephine Keenan. Thanks to the generosity of JF Chen, 941 N. Highland Avenue.

This Getty Pacific Standard Time participating gallery exhibition is free and open to the public October 3, 2011 to January 14, 2012.

Monday through Friday, 10am – 4pm
Saturday:  11am – 4pm
Sunday:  Closed

DSC_9715Fiona Chen, Bianca Chen, Joel Chen, and Margaret Chen

DSC_9692Collector John Kishel showing Eames Demetrios and Margaret Chen some of his amazing collection of vintage product literature relating to the Eames House.

DSC_0086(Left to Right) Daniel Ostroff, Wendy Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman, Curator and Associate Curator of LACMA’s stunning California Design exhibition, and Eames Demetrios, head o the Eames Office and Eames Foundation.

View some of the nine vintage pieces from the family of Sal and Gladys Valastro, in use from 1954-2009. More great pictures and the review are available here.