THE EAMES HOUSE & OFFICE
Part of the Case Study House Program of 1945–1966, the Eames House is situated on the perimeter of a wildly natural meadow perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Designed by Charles and Ray, the residence is a striking example of their architectural vision.
Said to be Japanese in influence, the house is a repeating pattern of a box, consisting of Mondrian-style colorful cubes. Divided in two—one pavilion is living space, the other side a studio —the structure was originally to be built across the meadow, cutting the grounds in half in a bridge layout, affording its occupants an ocean view. But Charles and Ray decided the natural beauty of the meadow, lined with fragrant eucalyptus trees, should not be disturbed. They set the home at the very edge of the property, against a descending wall of rock, so it gently overlooks the meadow grasses.
Unchanged since Ray’s death, the Eames House serves as a window to the artists’ sensibilities. An unwrapped present lies in a hallway—Ray would regularly find the paper and ribbon dressings of presents too striking to open. A small kitchen table is set as a tableau of blue pottery: small, delicate sculptures and three small vases with fresh flowers. In the living room, a cozy seating nook is brimming with objets d’art from all over the world.
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED
The husband-and-wife team’s singular approach to living their design is what really stands out. Each area of modern life they touched—no matter how far afield—was infused with the same philosophy, rooted in an unwavering belief: Everything is connected, from the tiniest line of a pencil marking to the biggest splash of ocean to a falling star. Charles would say, “Eventually everything connects—people, ideas, objects, etc. … the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” read more