Lucia Eames: Seeing with the Heart Paperweight


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An elegant reminder of love and hope to keep in your home.

The art works of Lucia Eames are full of moments of joy and reminders of love. Her messages of hope shine through her work and take many forms. Seeing with the Heart may be one of Lucia Eames’ most well-known designs. She turned what was originally a graphic idea into a paperweight citing its added depth, heft, and beautiful smooth edges.  The paperweight is made from a study, electro-polished stainless steel and has a near-mirror finish.

Lucia Eames was the beloved only child of American architect and designer Charles Eames, and beloved only step-daughter of designer and painter Ray Eames. Lucia was a designer, an artist, graphic designer, owner of the Eames Office, founder of the Eames Foundation and mother of five. To learn more about Lucia, please visit

Inspired by Charles and Ray to test out ideas and design furniture that worked in their own living room so that it would be functional in others’ living spaces, Lucia liked to have several of these Seeing with the Heart paperweights scattered around her own home. As Charles once said, ‘design for someone you love. And that can be you.’ Simple, elegant, and timeless, be it for yourself or a gift for another, this piece would make a beautiful addition to any desk.


Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 4.5 × 4.25 × .375 in

Electro-Polished Stainless Steel

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Made in the USA

Lucia Eames


Her early years were spent with her father, designer Charles Eames, at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he taught and subsequently met her beloved stepmother, Ray. Lucia’s talents were recognized at an early age when, at age 12, her wooden sculpture was published in the legendary Arts & Architecture magazine. In 1952, she graduated from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts having enjoyed Walter Gropius as one of her professors.

Lucia spent much of her adult life raising five children near the Presidio Park in San Francisco. Humorously, when the family moved, it was to a place a mere block away. Both homes had treasured gardens, with the second overlooking the large national park with the Golden Gate Bridge on the horizon. It was in these two wooden homes that Lucia forged her style, her artistic approach and her commitment to an all-embracing creative spirit. Her last home and studio is currently under restoration as an important cultural site in the rolling hills of Sonoma County. In all the places where she lived, she was an active member of each community.

Charles and Ray Eames, prior to their deaths in 1978 and 1988 respectively, entrusted Lucia with the Eames legacy by leaving her the Eames Office as well as the Eames House in Pacific Palisades, California. Lucia ensured the preservation of the Eames House for future generations by establishing the Eames Foundation with her children for its care. Even today, a heart table which Lucia gifted to Ray is in the Eames House living room— exactly where Ray placed it. In the 1990s, to ensure the continued growth of her parents' legacy and the communication of their innovative teachings to new generations, Lucia asked her 5 children to lead the Eames Office. From that point on, she continued to create and expand her own body of work until shortly before her death in 2014.

Lucia Eames, designer, mother and beloved only child of American architect and designer Charles Eames, and beloved only step-daughter of designer and painter Ray Eames. In 1988, Lucia fulfilled Charles and Ray’s vision of gifting an important collection of the Eames Archives materials to the Library of Congress. In 2004, she established the Eames Foundation, which oversees the Eames House in Pacific Palisades, California.

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