Visiting Eames’ Case Study No. 8

January 26, 2017
- Extracurriculars
Author - Amy Jacobowitz

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Tucked away on a quiet street in the Pacific Palisades north of Santa Monica is the once-home of Charles and Ray Eames.

Also known as Case Study No. 8, the house was constructed in 1949 by architectural design darlings Charles and Ray Eames, who lived in the space with their family and used it as a studio for some of their most prolific work. Now, the house is maintained by the Eames Foundation, run by the grandchildren of Charles and Ray, and it’s available to the public to wander the grounds, or for a small fee, tour the interiors and experience the mid-century marvel that pays living testament to the “form meets function” directive that guides so much of our own design.

The property was part of the Case Study House program, which were experiments in design from the likes of Saarinen, Neutra, Ellwood, Rapson, and of course Eames, sponsored by Arts & Architecture Magazine in the mid 20th century. The goal of each home was to build an inexpensive and efficient home that could be used as a model for housing in the wake of the residential boom of World War II. Case Study homes were designed throughout the country, most notably here in Los Angeles, but also in Arizona, San Francisco, and New Jersey.

Case Study No. 8 is instantly recognizable among this elite cadre, with its bold colors and blockish design, sketched out by Eames and Saarinen in 1945. Guests can walk into the front door to find a prefab spiral staircase, leading to the upper level, which houses the bedrooms. Within the mezzanine is a living room that is double the height and hallmarked by some of the most stunning furniture of the time. Perhaps even more exceptional, and as the tour guides are excited to tell you, the interior plant life has been kept up since the Eames days.

You can visit the Eames House for yourself year-round. For more information, click here.