A glimpse back at the Eames Office since 1988 shows how the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames has been preserved, communicated, and extended.
Eames Office since 1988
Just over eighty years ago, Charles and Ray Eames founded the Eames Office, the design studio and workshop where they created some of the most significant achievements of 20th-century design. After their deaths, the Eames Office, which is still run by the Eames family today, transformed into a cultural-commercial project dedicated to preserving, communicating, and expanding one of the world’s most influential design legacies.
In addition to the Eames Office as the central institution and the Eames Foundation, founded by the family in 2004, the project also includes several long-standing partners from industry, academia, and the museum sector who are committed to the work of Charles and Ray Eames. Now the Eames Institute joins this network as a new partner institution.
A look back over the last 35 years shows the many ways in which the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames has been safeguarded, shared with future generations, and given new life.
1988 – Charles’ daughter Lucia Eames becomes owner of Eames Office, asserts her intention to continue the work of the office.
1988 – Grandson Eames Demetrios becomes Director of the Eames Office.
1988 – Film 901 after 45 years of working, by Eames Demetrios, documents the closing of Charles and Ray’s design studio in Venice, CA.
1988 – Eames Office Oral Histories Project records over 200 hours of interviews with former Eames Office staff and friends of the Eameses (until 1996).
1988 – Library of Congress receives close to one million documents, plans and photographs from 901.
1989 – Eames Office closes 901 West Washington Boulevard and moves operations to Eames House.
1989 – Vitra Design Museum acquires large collection of prototypes from 901.
1989 – Charles’ office from 901 gifted to Vitra Design Museum.
1989 – 901 Conference and projection room acquired by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 1989 – 901 Entrance Room goes to Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
1989 – Plywood Glider Nose prototype enters collection of New York Museum of Modern Art.
1989 – A large collection of objects, prototypes, process documents, toys, books, photographs, and tools from 901 remains with the Eames family.
1989 – Eames Design, a large monographic publication initiated by Ray in 1982, is published by Abrams.
1989 – Eames Office begins releasing the Eames Films on Home video–later on other formats.
1989 – Eames Office re-introduces Eames House of Cards with historic partner Ravensburger.
1990 – Eames Office partners with Vitra to launch 1948 La Chaise for the first time.
1991 – Film 901 after 45 Years of Working selected for Sundance Film Festival.
1991 – Vitra Design Museum launches Miniatures Collection of Eames designs.
1993 – Lucia Eames and second husband Aristides Demetrios move from San Francisco to Petaluma and into the ranch complex constructed from 1991 to 1994 (Architect: William Turnbull).
1993 – Eames Office participates in launch of Herman Miller for the Home Collection.
1994 – Production begins on Powers of Ten Interactive CD-ROM developed, designed and produced by Eames Office. Published by DATTJapan and Pyramid Media.
1997 – The Work of Charles and Ray Eames, the first major posthumous Eames exhibition opens at the Vitra Design Museum and later travels to 17 venues in 9 countries. Eames Office designs and produces the multimedia component (5 hours of video on about 2 dozen screens).
1997 – Eames Office Powers of Ten Interactive CD-ROM released first in Japanese market.
1998 – Exhibition Powers of Ten curated by Eames Office; exhibition later travels to 11 cities in 5 countries.
1998 – Powers of Ten inducted in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.