Eames + Valastro

Design in the life of an American family
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Eames + Valstro book cover

1954: Sal and Gladys Valastro spend their wedding money on nine pieces of furniture by Charles and Ray Eames. A lifetime and two children later, the pieces are still in immaculate condition, still beautiful, still serving. True to the Charles and Ray Eames design principles, and the embodiment of their esthetic, this is a story of design in the heart of an American family’s life.


by Daniel Ostroff
80pp, 7.5 × 5 in, hardbound
47 col. ills
Designed by Mark Thomson
ISBN 978 0 615 54091 7


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Advance notices

“Daniel Ostroff has been diligently researching and documenting, in great detail, the rich design contributions of Charles and Ray Eames. His new book is an essential look at one specific family and the intimate effect of the Eames furniture on their living environment over many years.

R. Roger Remington


“After you read this gem of a book, you will never take your favorite living room chair for granted ever again.”

Leora Tanenbaum


“Not only does Daniel Ostroff have a great eye for design, but he’s a crack interviewer as well.”

Mameve Medwed


“Eames + Valastro: Design in the Life of an American Family offers a different kind of Eames history”

Alexandra Lange