The Eames House or Case Study House No. 8, by Charles and Ray Eames Los Angeles, California. Photo: Quintin Lake

Located upon a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and hand-constructed in 1949 within a matter of days entirely of pre-fabricated steel parts intended for industrial construction, it remains a milestone of modern architecture. Designed by husband-and-wife design pioneers Charles and Ray Eames, to serve as their home and studio. The Eames’ proposal reflected their own household and their own needs; a young married couple wanting a place to live, work and entertain in one undemanding setting in harmony with the site. Perhaps the proof of its success in fulfilling its program is the fact that it remained at the center of the Eames’ life and work from the time they moved in (Christmas Eve, 1949) until their deaths.

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