Spend 11 Minutes at the Eames House With This 1955 Short Film Made by the Designer Couple

  • May 05, 2020 13:46

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Main entry of the Eames House, Pacific Palisades, California. Photograph by John Morse, June 2003.
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A landmark of mid-century modernist architecture, the Eames House in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles is not open to visitors right now, but can be toured anytime with a short film made by the homeowners themselvesdesigners Ray and Charles Eames.

Eames House, also called Case Study House #8, was built by Ray and Charles Eames as a home and studio in 1949. They designed the house to nestle into the hillside, filling interiors with purposeful vignettes and their signature furniture. The home's collections are preserved today much as Ray left them when she died in 1988, with arrangements that reflect the space's function and how the couple lived, worked and entertained.

As Charles wrote in the 1945 issue of Arts & Architecture magazine: The living room is a “large unbroken area for pure enjoyment of space in which objects can be placed and taken away — driftwood, sculpture, mobiles, plants, constructions, etc.”

The designer-couple strung together stills from 35mm transparencies that Charles shot between 1949 and 1955 to create a short film about their famous California home, available on YouTube. Take a tour with images on Instagram and from the Eames Foundation here


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