TEDx Carla Atwood Hartman- Come Add Your Voice To an Eames Card Posted November 7, 2011 by Daniel Ostroff

A TEDx talk by Carla Atwood Hartman, granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames and Director of Education for the Eames Office since 2004.

Charles and Ray Eames were an iconic husband-and-wife design team. The iconic Eames chairs were made from wood, plastic, wire, and leather combined with wood. The Eameses also designed fourteen significant exhibitions (the most important of which was Mathematica) and made over one hundred films. Their best-known film, Powers of Ten, takes the viewer on a voyage from the hand of a sleeping man out into the vast, unknown universe. The film is still used in brainstorming sessions in businesses and schools today. The Eameses also designed toys, such as their Solar Do-Nothing Machine. They imbued the notion that a toy can be a prelude to serious ideas, and that common objects may offer us uncommon beauty.

Carla Atwood Hartman, granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames, has been the Director of Education for the Eames Office since 2004. She collaborates with museums, schools, and the public to extend the creative legacy of Charles and Ray through interactive programming and exhibitions, publications, and product development. While much of her current work focuses on the Eameses, she also loves to use chairs—a singular collecting passion—as teaching tools about design and the design process. Prior to working at the Eames Office, she enjoyed nine years of museum experience in architecture, design and graphics at the Denver Art Museum.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattanBeach, where x = independently organized TED event. This event combines videos and live speakers to spark deep discussion and connection within a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including this one, is self-organized.