Case Study House No. 8

eames house

eames house

We visited the Eames House today, the former home of Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames were two of the most recognized designers that collaborated with Herman Miller since the late 1940s.

Originally the house plan was designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, and was called the Bridge House. The house was meant to float over the meadow on the hillside supported by two metal columns, however due to WWII and the shortage of materials, the steel took three years to arrive. While waiting for the materials, the Eames had picnics on the meadow and later realized its charm, thus changing the design of the house to run parallel to the meadow instead of over it.

As designers it’s intriguing to see how external circumstances created an opportunity for a new design idea to evolve. Had the materials arrived on time, the meadow where they spent the rest of their lives enjoying wouldn’t have existed.

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Here's a view of the ocean from the Eame's House meadow.

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