Children’s Chair, 1945, molded plywood
LCW (Lounge Chair Wood),
La Chaise, designed 1948, produced 1991,
Molded Plastic Chair,
Wire Mesh Chair,
"The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests."
-- Charles Eames
|Entenza House. 1949, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen
Photo courtesy: www.casestudynine.com
The museum’s 8th annual Award Benefit and Auction honored Charles and Ray Eames for their extraordinary contributions to American design. The Eames’ significant advances in the design of objects for everyday use include distinctive plywood furniture, durable fiberglass chairs and colorful storage solutions.
Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times, presented the museum’s Henry Award to the Eames’ grandchildren, Eames Demetrios, Director, Eames Office and Chairman of the Board, Eames Foundation, and Lucia Dewey Atwood, Eames Foundation Board Member, and Director, Eames House Preservation, on the designers’ behalf.
The event was held at Case Study House #9, designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for John Entenza, editor of Arts & Architecture Magazine, on an extraordinary ocean-view site in Pacific Palisades. The Entenza House, one of California’s most architecturally significant homes, was completed in 1949, and because it has never been open to the public, it is one of the most eagerly sought after to visit of the 17 extant Case Study Houses.
|Hang-It-All, metal, wood, Tigrett Enterprises, 1953
Photo: Grant Taylor, Courtesy: JF Chen
Eames Storage Unit (ESU), plywood, Masonite, metal: Herman Miller Furniture Co., 1950,
Photo Courtesy: Wright, Chicago
In addition, the Eames Foundation welcomed our benefit guests to visit the adjacent Eames House grounds and to view from the outside the interior of the Eames House, the 1949 Case Study House #8.
An exhibition of iconic Eames designs curated by Daniel Ostroff, Historian/Editor of "Vintage Eames" on the Eames Office website and curator of the A+D Museum's 2011 exhibition of Eames furniture, was on view in the Entenza House along with a digital presentation of Charles Eames' architecture.
|Eames Demetrios with the museum's Henry award designed by Charles Hollis Jones|
|Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the LA Times||Bill Stern addressing the guests|
|Gerard O'Brian, auctioneer, Reform Gallery||Lucia Dewey Atwood|
|Silent auction||Carla Hartman, Lucia Dewey Atwood, and Bill Stern|
|Eames exhibition credit panel||Exhibition of Eames designs in the Entenza House|
|Exhibition curator Daniel Ostroff and museum board member Joel Chen||Interior Entenza house with Eames posters|
|Peter Shire, artist, designer||Bill Stern, and museum board members Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III|
|Event hosts Gary and Carmen Stiffelman, and Bill Stern||Michael Gregg Michaud and Larry Robins|
|Margret Chen, Wendy Kaplan, and Joel Chen||Tom Backer, Bill Stern, Matt Segal, Andrew Frank, H. Kirk Brown III and other guests|
|View towards the Pacific Ocean||Bill Stern, and designer Gere Kavanaugh|
|Jimmy Vogel, Charles Hollis Jones, Mike Uljanic, and Dan Vogel||Bill Stern, with Eames' grandchildren: Carla Hartman, Eames Demetrios, and Lucia Dewey Atwood|
We express our gratitude to:
Carmen and Gary Stiffelman for permitting our guests to enjoy their remarkable home.
JFChen for the digital presentation of architecture by Charles Eames and designs by Charles and Ray Eames.
And we acknowledge the Participating Sponsorship of:
Charles and Ray Eames working on a model for the exhibition
Mathematica, 1960; Photo courtesy: The Eames Office