Step Inside Case Study House #8: The Eames House

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The Eames House was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1949 for the now-iconic Case Study House Program. Also known as Case Study House 8, the home is located in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The husband-and-wife design duo created the house with two parts: a residence building and an artist's studio. The pair actually designed the home with their specific needs in mind as it became their personal residence until both of them died.

The two structures were created using a simple steel frame filled with various panels. The panels are a mix of solid and transparent, featuring a variety of different colors that were thoughtfully arranged to create ambient lighting in the interiors throughout the day.

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Despite the cool steel framing, the interiors of the mid-century modern residence and the studio feature a warm, welcoming design full of natural materials. The residence’s lower level has a living room with an alcove, a utility space, and a wooden spiral staircase. The upper level overlooks the double-height living room, creating fluidity between the two levels, and has two bedrooms, a wire-embedded skylight, and multiple uniquely-aluminum closets.

The artist’s studio, which the couple would both use to create building and furniture designs throughout their careers, features an expansive open floor plan and a tall, double-height mezzanine similar to the one in the residence.

The eames house case study house 8 artist studio

Both structures featured a sort of maximalist interior design, overflowing with beautiful furniture and decor, including Isamu Noguchi floor lamps, Japanese kokeshi dolls, Native American baskets, and a variety of the Eames’ own mid-century modern furniture designs.

The Eames wanted the home to feel comfortable, unselfconscious, and lived-in while facilitating the flow of everyday living. The duo achieved this goal with great success, creating one of the most popular houses in the Case Study House Program. And the home’s unusually sleek outer appearance attracted publications like Vogue, which used it as a backdrop in many of their 1950s and ‘60s photoshoots.

Today, the house is operated by The Eames Foundation, founded in 2004 by Charles Eames daughter from his first marriage, Lucia Eames. The home was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006, and in 2011, the living room was reassembled in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, serving as centerpiece in a modern California design exhibition.

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