An Eames Anthology

Articles, Film Scripts, Interviews, Letters, Notes, Speeches


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An Eames Anthology collects for the first time the writings of American designers Charles (1907–1978) and Ray Eames (1912–1988). Celebrated for their ground­break­ing work in graphic design, industrial design, exhibition design, architecture, and film, the Eameses’ prolific and influential career changed the way Americans saw and thought about every­day objects. Widely known as pro­fessional collabor­ators, Charles and Ray were also a married couple, and the texts collected here reveal a behind-the-scenes look at the myriad motivations, inspir­ations, and out­comes of their partner­ship over fifty years. Prev­iously unpublished materials such as handwritten notes and correspondence are featured chrono­logic­ally alongside articles, exhibition reviews, editorials, conference papers, and magazine covers, as well as sections from oral history. The anthology explores the Eameses’ iconic projects such as Case Study House 9 and the molded plywood chair, as well as their work for major corporations as both designers (Herman Miller) and consultants (IBM, Polaroid). Personal correspondence with luminaries such as Henry Ford, Richard Neutra, and Eero Saarinen, among many others, provides insight into the forces behind the advance of modernity in mid-century America.


By Charles Eames and Ray Eames
Edited by Daniel Ostroff
80pp, 9.75 × 7.5 in, hardbound
94 color and 129 b/w ills.
Designed by Mark Thomson
ISBN 978 0 300 20345 5


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About the author

Daniel Ostroff is the author of Modern Classic, Eames + Valastro, and Collecting Eames. He was consulting curator for Eames Words and curator of Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection, both for The Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time Consortium. He has consulted for The Eames Office, The Museum of California Design, Herman Miller, LACMA and SFMoMA, and others. Ostroff also produces feature films, television programming, and documentaries.