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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.

Ray and Charles Eames looking at images on a light box.

Images © Eames Office, LLC

Close up of Ray and Charles Eames
Llisa’s Corner

Heirloom Variety

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.

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Llisa Demetrios

Chief Curator

Father and Daughter Portrait

Both born and raised in St. Louis, Charles and Lucia shared a love of their hometown and each other.

Holiday Wishes

Postmarked December 25, 1976, this was one of many letters and telegrams sent by Ray and Charles to Lucia over the years.

Ray’s Daily Planner

Lucia Eames’ birthday noted with love on October 11, 1966.

Lucia in the Meadow

In the late-1940s, before the Eames House was built, Lucia could often be found sharing weekend picnics with Ray and Charles and shooting archery on the property.

Lucia’s Lunch Box

In the 1930s, when Lucia was a little girl, Charles painted this lunch box, which she treasured.

These family keepsakes so beautifully illustrate the love between Ray, Charles, and my mother.

— Llisa Demetrios

Thinking of Ray, one thinks of Charles; thinking of Charles, one thinks of Ray. Thinking of both, one remembers the embrace of their presence…

— Lucia Eames

Family Photo Booth Strip

As a teenager and college student, Lucia spent her summers with Ray and Charles in Los Angeles.

Rebus letter from Charles Eames to his daughter Lucia. Eames child's chair in red Large scale molded plywood sculpture by Ray and Charles Eames Ray Eames colorful abstract figurative painting from her years studying at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts. MSX-1 Fiberglass Eames chair in green.

The Collection

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.

Welcome to a world where agriculture is an act of design, and opportunities for growth never go out of season.

Eames Institute Ranch property with rolling hills in Petaluma, CA featuring a metal sculpture designed by Lucia Eames.