March 31, 2012
Children and adults designed and created chairs in the open space of the Eames House living room… a once-in-the lifetime opportunity while the room contents were displayed in a fully recreated structure in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s California Design: 1930-1965, “Living in a Modern Way”.
Led by Carla Atwood Hartman, the Education Director of the Eames Office, participants explored Eamesian design approaches and processes in two Chair Camps: one for children; one for adults.
Participants toured the ground floor of the House, and then gathered at tables in the living room in order to explore how Charles and Ray would anticipate the need (whether as a host or chair designer) and develop their solution through the iterative process. Learning through doing, and fully inspired by working in the Eameses’ home, participants engaged their creativity and problem-solving curiosity as they were challenged to create their own designs.
Many thanks to the Getty Trust for its support!