We’ve all seen the house, of course. Charles and Ray Eames’ beautifully appointed, but clearly lived-in house, in Pacific Palisades, California, has long been the stuff of coffee-table tomes and interior design courses. An apotheosis of Mid-Century architectural sensibilities—open floor plan, flat roof, glass walls, proximity to the exterior world—Eames House was also a true home, chock-a-block with the couple’s storied, self-designed collection of belongings, a laboratory for experimentation and collaboration, the kind of visually nuanced portrait of creative living that passionate design buffs still aspire to.
Design-minded, yet devoid of pretentiousness; tasteful, yet accessible; visionary, yet playful, Eames House is very nearly an inspired work of art—which is only one reason that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art decided to build an exact replica of the Eameses’ famous living room for its 2011 exhibition, Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965. While the couple’s belongings were transported to the museum for re-staging, Herman Miller seized upon a rare chance to showcase the company’s spanking new furniture collection (which, yes, is Eames-centric to the hilt) inside Eames House’s newly-barren Mid-Century interiors. To no one’s surprise, it turned out to be a match made in (design) heaven.
Images: Somewhere I Would Like to Live