Posts Tagged ‘ray eames’

10/10/10

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Powers of Ten

This Sunday, October 10th, 2010, marks the anniversary of Charles and Ray Eames short documentary film, “Powers of Ten.” The 1977 film has been shown millions of times due to its capacity to expand the way we think and view our world. We’ll be visiting the exhibition at the Eames Office this weekend in honor of celebrating the history of the Eames and their contributions.

Notes for a Celebration

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

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We caught an intimate exhibit on Ray Eames during our visit to the Eames Office where her well-known scraps of notes, clothing designs, and personal letters – which we found the most interesting – were displayed.

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Ray’s handwritten luggage tag.

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This letter was written by Ray Eames to one of her granddaughters, addressed to a gate at the JFK airport as a little surprise before her granddaughter boarded the plane. These notes and letters were Ray’s trademark style as small presents to her grandchildren.

Up next at the Eames Office is the House Industries Eames exhibition, we’ll see you there.

Case Study House No. 8

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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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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