The Eames Archive is Open to the Public for the First Time Ever – PRINT Magazine
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The team at The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity is at it again within their commitment to preserve the legacy of their torchbearers Ray and Charles Eames— perhaps you’ve heard of them?
After launching their “An Eames of Your Own” guide last yearYou can also read their magazine online Kazam!The Eames Institute’s newly opened headquarters in Richmond California has set its sights on a new exciting venture. You might want to sit down in your Eames Molded Plywood Chair for this one …
The Eames Archives have never been open to the general public before. Tickets for guided tours of The Eames Archives can be purchased at the newly renovated Northern California headquarters. This Richmond location will serve as a permanent venue for the public to see the Eames Collection. Llisa demetrios, chief curator and granddaughter to Ray and Charles Eames, will personally give tours.
It’s such a pleasure to expand the reach of the Eames Institute and further share the Collection with even more people.
“The Eames Archives is so special to me because it holds the things my grandparents loved and cherished—it’s an absolute joy to finally be able to share these pieces in this way,” says Demetrios.
The collection offers an expansive view of Ray and Charles Eames’ practice, including 40,000 artifacts that range from mass-produced furniture designs and unique one-of-a-kind prototypes to personal ephemera and private correspondence. The Eames Institute’s internal teams collaborated with Brooklyn-based designers Standard IssueThe display is unique and allows visitors to interact with the material. A large part of the collection is from the famed Eames Office located at 901 Washington Boulevard in Venice California.
The Archive includes some notable items such as the Airplane Stabilizer, the Plywood Sculpture, the Molded Plywood Seat and the Fake College Diploma Saul Steinberg drew for Charles, who did not complete his architecture degree. The space will not only allow visitors to see the collection up close, but also provide a glimpse behind the scenes of the daily activities carried out by the Eames Institute in order to preserve this cultural legacy.
And, of course, there’s a gift shop! At the end of each tour, guests are encouraged to explore a selection of books, vintage items, and design objects inspired by the Archives’ collection, all available for purchase. Reservations for guided tours are now available through eamesinstitute.org. Tours will begin on February 14—the perfect Valentine’s Day date, perhaps?—and will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays by appointment only. Tickets for the next month will be released each month on the 1st.