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The Eames House: A True Blend of Art, Architecture and Decor

While architecture and furniture design aren’t completely mutually exclusive, it’s pretty safe to say that, more often than not, they go hand in hand. When designing your house, you most certainly envision the furniture that will be inside it, and when envisioning your furniture, you most certainly think about the room it will occupy.

For the average person, the experience of finding the appropriate decor to suit your home’s style requires a lot of research, hunting and interior design assistance. However, in the case of Ray and Charles Eames – two of America’s foremost authorities on modern furniture – they got to take the experience one step further with their famed Eames House. Not only did they design this living space from top to bottom, but they also designed much of the furniture that went inside it too. The result was something of a masterpiece.

Famously proposed to the couple as part of a case study house program for John Entenza’s “Arts & Architecture” magazine, the Eames House was built under the guidelines that it had to be a modern household with great functionality, and had to use modern materials, construction processes and ideals as well. Many predicted that a stark and uninhabitable space would come from the two avant garde artists, but what resulted was actually a comfortable and completely liveable space for a young married couple who needed for all the essentials of a real home (a place for entertaining, working, cuddling, cooking and more).

Selecting a  1.4-acre site in the Pacific Palisades area of California, Ray and Charles (with help from Eero Saarinen no less) began to draft a mid-century modern design that resembled a glass and steel box constructed from “off-the-shelf” materials, and parts from steel fabricator catalogues. In retrospect, this concept gave the place much historical significance, as its development was started in 1945, right after the war, when these types of materials were in short supply.

After many re-drafts, the house was finally finished in 1949. In the interior, a gorgeous spiral stair and mezzanine level opened up the space, with the upper level holding the bedrooms which overlooked the living room. To many critics’ surprise, it was also furnished comfortably with everything from Isamu Noguchi floor lamps and Japanese kokeshi dolls, to Chinese lacquered pillows and Native American baskets.

On the exterior, bright geometric compositions of glass panels were set between thin steel columns that were then painted black. This bold design was set against the pristine nature outside, and truly was groundbreaking in its composure. The Eames House, not surprisingly, is considered the epitome of what a modern household can be, and is well known for being the most successful among the group that participated in Art & Architecture’s case study.

If you are looking to add elements of the Eames House’s iconic style to your interior, Rove Concepts features many pieces that echo the stunning interior. From our classic Eames Lounge Chair with Ottoman (now in a limited edition white colour) or Eames La Chaise, to our popular Nogchi Coffee Table, we offer an endless selection of handpicked designs that can recreate the comfort and style of this American legend. To find out more about our collection, click here:

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