Eames Mid-Century Modern Living Room Relocated to LACMABy Diana Cook
Fans of mid-century modern design are in for a treat. The untouched living room of design legends Ray and Charles Eames will be available for public viewing at the Los Angeles County Mueseum as part of an upcoming exhibition. California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” – a showcase examining California’s role in shaping the material culture of the country is set to open on October 1st and run for six months.
In addition to the relocated and reassembled living room from the home of renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames, the mid-century retrospective will feature more than 350 objects including furniture, textiles, fashion, graphic and industrial design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, architectural drawings, and film.
Earlier this month movers and conservators from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art descended upon the Eames House, cataloging the living room’s contents — 1,864 items — then transporting them to the Mid-Wilshire district for installation in a full-scale replica of the Eames living room. The room, much like the rest of the house has been left largely untouched since Ray Eames passing in 1988.
The Eames Foundation will take advantage of the vacant house to begin the first renovations of the landmark, also known as Case Study House No. 8, since its completion in 1949.