The House of Charles and Ray. The Eameses built their dream house, aka Case Study House No. 8, in 1949 on a cliff overlooking the ocean in Pacific Palisades, CA. Constructed of steel, the house and adjacent studio were outfitted with a mix of transparent glass and colored panels, the latter specifically placed to provide relief from the sun. The pair also planted a row of eucalyptus trees to deliver shade and better connect the house with the surrounding meadow. Like many of the Case Study Houses, No. 8 was a celebration of indoor-outdoor living, and for the Eameses it became a laboratory for their shared life and work.

Interior decor was a living thing for the Eameses. The house was furnished with their own designs, and the art and objects collected on their travels – including tumbleweed picked up on their honeymoon – were regularly added and rearranged. Now managed by the Eames Foundation and available for tours, the house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2007. Home to the Eameses for the rest of their lives, it remains much as they left it, furniture and spirited presence included.

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