Thank you to all those who joined us on Saturday, June 18, 2016 for our annual Members Appreciation Day!
This year, we celebrated Charles and Ray’s 75th Wedding Anniversary with a day of experiences: guided tours of the ground floor of the Eames House, a Q&A in the Studio exploring the Eameses’ chairs through their molded plywood and fiberglass experiments, and a Chair Camp. Members created chairs as Eames Office Education Director Carla Hartman led them through the Eameses’ creative processes, and then voted in the member-juried Grand Prize competition at the end of the afternoon …
Congratulations to our 2016 Grand Prize Winner! From a field of fantastic designs, our members picked Thomas’ chair to win the Grand Prize: a (full-sized) wire chair.
Each year, the Eames Foundation thanks its members by inviting them to experience a very special opportunity: to enter the Eames House for guided tours of the ground floor of the Eames House and Studio. Enjoy delicious treats and a wide array of activities with a community of Eames family and aficionados. And stay for our game (every year it is different) — a highly desirable grand prize is awarded at the end of the event!
A once-a-year event, the afternoon is hosted by the Eames family for Members only. Members Appreciation Day is always celebrated within a week of June 20th, Charles and Ray’s wedding anniversary.
How To RSVP
The next Members Appreciation Day will be in June 2017. Once the date is announced in January 2017, we recommend that you reserve early, as attendance is limited to the first 60 RSVPs. Only current members may attend.
To request a reservation, please complete the below form. You may call (310) 459-9663 or email us at [email protected], with any questions. Once you have heard back from us, and availability is confirmed, you will be asked to join or renew your membership at www.eamesfoundation.org.
Past Members Appreciation Days
2015: Master of Eamesology! Dan Ostroff, editor of an Eames anthology, shared insights into the Eameses’ writings through the years, and kindly signed books for our members. Treats and interior tours were offered throughout the day. And congratulations to the winner of our hotly-contested trivia contest: Chandler McCoy, our reigning Master of Eamesology.
2014: Rebus Redux! Members toured the ground floor of the Eames House, and enjoyed fabulous deserts while meeting other Eames enthusiasts. Guests were challenged to create rebus postcards in anticipation of the big competition: solving a rebus written by Charles to his (then) three grandchildren, in hopes of winning the grand prize: the newly re-issued (and newly recyclable) fiberglass chair.
2013: Phase 1 of 250 Year Project: Interior tours and panels! Two panels discussed the Phase 1 work performed over the past two years. First, the Foundation, Getty Conservation Institute, and architects Escher GuneWardena gave an overview of the approach. Second, GC Tom Montgomery, EGW’s Bojana Banyasz, painter Brian Miller, and RAC metalworker Chris Rackard discussed the ‘doing’, including some of the challenges and learnings.
2012: Eames House Conservation – mid point! Members of the Eames Foundation, Getty Conservation Institute, and architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena of Escher GuneWardena informally talked about completed work under the conservation project. Celebrating Ray’s upcoming 100th birthday with a Ray-favorite of musical chairs, avid gamers vied for the grand prize: the Ice Cube poster from Pacific Standard Time.
2011: Bubble-blowing Contest! Tours, chats with Eames family members, and a madcap bubble-blowing contest as part of our celebration of Mathematica. Volunteer John Kishell displayed some of his collected catalogues and samples of materials used in the Eames House for visitors to enjoy.
2010: Powers of Ten Bingo! Guests made their own Bingo cards using photos from the Eameses’ classic film Powers of Ten, and then vied for one of the first-hot-off-the-press Eames House Blocks (thanks to the magic of House Industries) in a cutthroat game of Bingo.
2009: Charles’ Rebus! During a surprise timed-competition, attendees solved a rebus sent by Charles to daughter Lucia (then age seven), with one guest ultimately winning a pink molded plastic elephant.