Ray and Charles Eames believed that nature was the ultimate designer. They continually drew inspiration from the natural world and believed that “eventually everything connects.” This holistic approach drives our way of working at the Ranch, where our work is just beginning.
For the Eameses, playing offered a means of approaching creativity through a new lens. Our latest exhibition explores the toys they collected and how they inspired the couple’s approach to design.
What is the Eames Institute?
The Eames Institute is a non-profit public charity that aims to equip everyone with the lessons of Ray and Charles Eames—the groundbreaking designers who helped shape the 20th century. We are stewards of the Eames Ranch, the former home of Charles’s daughter Lucia Eames, as well as the Eames Collection, the world’s most comprehensive and unique collection of Eames designs and related ephemera in the world. Through programs like Kazam! Magazine, we aim to show how the trailblazing duo’s optimistic vision remains as powerful as ever.
Containing tens of thousands of artifacts, the Eames Collection is a one-of-a-kind record of Ray and Charles’s extraordinary partnership that encapsulates their unique methodologies and diverse interests. The Eames Institute is responsible for stewarding this remarkable body of work and making it accessible to everyone.
Explore the Latest from the Eames Collection
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.
Steinberg Meets the Eameses
In the summer of 1950, the artist Saul Steinberg spent a day at play within the Office of Charles and Ray Eames resulting in an iconic collaboration.This link opens the post, "Steinberg Meets the Eameses"
Tables! Tables! Tables!
Eames chairs have always stolen the spotlight, but an adjacent thirty-year legacy of table designs demonstrates the designers’ same thoughtful approach to problem-solving.This link opens the post, "Tables! Tables! Tables!"
Our Online Magazine
At the Eames Institute, design is a way of seeing, thinking, acting, and reacting to the world around us. Inspired by the Eameses’ insatiable curiosity, Kazam! Magazine offers stories about people, projects, and ideas that are shaping a better tomorrow.
The Eames Ranch
A storied location that serves as the spiritual home for the Eames Collection and Ray and Charles’s iterative approach to design, the Eames Ranch will soon be a prototype for regenerative agriculture, water conservation, and land stewardship.