Daughters of Design: Bertoia, Eames, and Saarinen

Posted January 31, 2020

February 18, 2020: Carla Hartman, Susan Saarinen, and Celia Bertoia will “compare chairs and childhoods” at Palm Springs Modernism Week. Join them for an educational and entertaining presentation filled with stories, photos, and memorabilia.

Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Harry Bertoia—three design greats—first met at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Each has played a significant role in postwar American design and continues to have tremendous influence today.

Enter Carla (Eames) Hartman, Susan Saarinen, and Celia Bertoia, three descendants of these design icons. Having met each other for the first time in 2007, the same connectedness that brought their famous relatives together, two fathers and one grandfather, continues with a new generation. Join them as they share family stories, photos, and insights learned from these three men.

Carla Hartman, education director for the Eames Office, will share stories of her time spent at the Eames House with her grandparents, Charles and Ray Eames. She’ll reflect upon the interplay of light, color, season, and weather, and how those changes highlighted different features of the space. Hartman will also focus on her grandparents’ legacy in the 21st century and beyond.

Susan Saarinen, an artist, designer, educator, and landscape architect, will speak about her family history. Hear about memories of her father, architect and designer Eero Saarinen; her grandfather, Finnish architect Eliel; and her grandmother, Louise (Loja).

Celia Bertoia, director of the Harry Bertoia Foundation and author of the publication The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia (2015), will talk about the personal side of her father, Harry Bertoia. She will share about his development of the Diamond chair and reflect upon his work from jewelry to monumental public sculpture.

The Eames Office is participating in additional events
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Event Details

Daughters of Design: Bertoia, Eames, and Saarinen
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 pm

101 N. Museum Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tickets are $18 each and can be purchased here.

Things to Know

This event is for ages 12 and older.
The stairs to the entrance of the Annenberg Theater are located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s North Parking Lot.
There is ample free public parking in the city-owned garage directly across from the museum’s north parking lot.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Palm Springs Modernism Week runs February 13-23, 2020.