One of the highlights of LACMA’s new California Design show is Charles and Ray Eames’ living room. The room has been lovingly reassembled at LACMA for the Pacific Standard Time show, California Design 1930-1965, Living in the Modern Way. The living room is a time capsule of the Eames’ life from the day they moved into the house to the day Ray died in 1988.
So many times you see important architecture either empty or sparely refurnished in the “style” of the inhabitants. It was refreshing to see the Eames’ living room “lived in” and full of the memories of the decades they shared at their family home. The room is so personal that it was hard to not to feel like you were sneaking into their house to take a peek.
Below is a photo in the LACMA exhibit of the Eames’ entertaining at home. Don’t you just want to plop down onto the couch and join the conversation?
Here is a great article on installing the Eames’ living room at LACMA with a time-lapse video.