Spine Wall

  • Issue: Wood finish damaged by years of UV light; the crazing of the finish obscured the underlying wood with a whitish haze. Investigation revealed fungal growth.
  • Constraints: Retain original interior varnish (exterior varnish largely stripped by the elements), while restoring the original golden/red patina. Preserve traces of the Eameses’ living (such as one corner’s splatters from plant watering). Formulate protective interior/protective varnishes that appear identical.
  • Resolution: Identified wood species: Eucalyptus microcorys. Interior: cleaned and treated with a new varnish containing a UV protectant. Exterior: stripped and revarnished.

October 2011 – June 2012

The Getty Conservation Institute identified and performed a condition assessment of the tallowwood paneling running the length of the residence and extending into the South Court from the living room. The reconditioning of this tallowwood wall, a critical architectural/design feature, was completed at the end of June, 2012.

The GCI identified the original wood species via a genetic comparison and developed a best practices preservation methodology that serves as an example for the Eames Foundation going forward. The wood has now been conserved, with the original varnish encapsulated and the look refreshed. The protective finish is fully reversible and contains UV protection. In accordance with the Eames Foundation requirement, the original wear and staining of the wood is still evident, as the traces of the Eameses’ occupancy are critical to understanding the history and use of the house.