Our existing systems of design have brought about environmental injustice, planetary crisis, and needless waste; environmental educator and activist Sage Lenier says the future must be intersectional and circular.
The Eameses' quest to create a comfortable, affordable, mass-produced chair from a single material was a twelve-year journey that led to two iconic designs—and limitless permutations.
The Eameses approached life as an ongoing quest where their own learning and growth was channeled into efforts from which the whole world could do the same. Today at the Eames Institute, we look to their example to forge a better tomorrow.
Meet Ray & Charles
Over the course of their decades-long partnership—in life and work—Ray and Charles Eames engaged in a tireless pursuit of problem-solving design that led to some of the most groundbreaking and iconic creations of the 20th century. From mass-produced ergonomic furniture that supported a wide range of people, activities, and environments, to films that succinctly and playfully conveyed complex concepts, to exhibitions that structured information like architecture, no subject matter or medium fell outside of their wide-angled vision for the role design could play in our world. With tireless curiosity, the trailblazing duo’s radically inclusive vision of design remains as powerful as ever.
Llisa Demetrios, granddaughter of Ray and Charles and chief curator of the Eames Institute, shares some of the most personal items from her family’s past, and tells us about the remarkable woman—her mother, Lucia Eames—who ensured those treasures would be preserved for future generations.
After Ray and Charles passed away, the Eames family safeguarded the designers’ legacy by preserving the contents of the original Eames Office at 901 Washington in Venice, California. While the files, films, and photographs went to the Library of Congress, a vast majority of items have been cared for by the family and now form the basis of the Eames Collection. Today, the Eames Institute makes this remarkable body of work accessible to everyone.
As the Eames Institute works to fully document, conserve, preserve, and archive the Eames Collection, we offer an ever-growing series of online exhibitions for you to explore the world of Ray and Charles.
Plywood During the War
As World War II raged overseas, Ray and Charles turned their practice toward the war effort, and in the process learned lessons that set the stage for a life in design.This link opens the post, "Plywood During the War"
Form Follows Formulation
The Eameses’ quest to create a comfortable and affordable shell chair from a single material led to two iconic designs—and limitless permutations.This link opens the post, "Form Follows Formulation"
Welcome to a world where agriculture is an act of design, and opportunities for growth never go out of season.
The Eameses used prototypes to explore new ideas and demonstrate the effectiveness of their design solutions. Located in Petaluma, California, the Eames Ranch serves as a prototype for regenerative agriculture, water conservation, and land stewardship.
At the Eames Institute, design is a way of seeing, thinking, acting, and reacting to the world around us. With Kazam! we explore the world through design.
Design Q&A: Max Lamb
By connecting art and anthropology to materiality and improvisation, furniture designer Max Lamb creates work that embodies new histories of craft.This link opens the post, "Design Q&A: Max Lamb"
Working in tandem with seasonal cycles, artist Natalie Stopka creates pigments and dyes from plants, then captures nature’s dynamism in her art.This link opens the post, "Elemental Alchemy"