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Eames chair

Children’s Chair, 1945, molded plywood
Chair Photos: Grant Taylor, Courtesy: JF Chen

Eames chair

LCW (Lounge Chair Wood),
molded plywood, 1946


Eames chair

La Chaise, designed 1948, produced 1991,
fiberglass, wood, chromed steel


Eames chair

Molded Plastic Chair,
fiberglass and metal, 1950


Eames chair

Wire Mesh Chair,
metal and cloth, 1951


"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

Case Study House #9
Entenza House. 1949, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen
Photo courtesy: www.casestudynine.com

2010 Award Benefit
and Auction Honoring
Charles and Ray Eames



Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
at Case Study House #9,
The Entenza House

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 and Eames Storage Unit
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
Charles and Ray Eames working on a model for the exhibition
Mathematica, 1960; Photo courtesy: The Eames Office