November 8, 2011 Mid-Century Modern

Exploring Charles and Ray Eames

Eames House

If you are obsessed with the the designs of Ray and Charles Eames or you want to learn more about the famous husband and wife design duo, this is a good time to do some exploring. First, you can see the Eames House living room at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for its exhibition California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way.”  The entire living room was packed up and moved to the exhibit as The Eames Foundation performs preservation work on the house, pictured above. The living room will eventually be re-staged according to vintage photographs taken during earliest years of the home. The exhibit runs until March 25, 2012.

When you are in California, you can also check out the 450 Eames pieces at JF Chen for “Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection.” It is the largest collection of original Eames pieces shown together. The exhibit runs through Jan. 14, 2012.

The documentary Eames: The Architect and the Painter is now making the rounds of film festivals. The film, narrated by James Franco, opens theatrically in New York and L.A. on Nov. 18, and will have its broadcast premiere Dec. 19 as part of the PBS American Masters series. It will be screened at the National Gallery here in D.C. on Feb. 12, 2012.


If you can make it to LA or can’t wait to see the movie, check out these vintage images from Life magazine.