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"Something of How They Get the Way They Are"
SCA Brent Auditorium
Sebastopol, CA
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"Something of How They Get the Way They Are"
Lecture by Llisa Demetrios, Grand daughter Charles and Ray Eames
Eames Chairs  "Something of How They Get the Way They Are"

In a talk whose title was taken from the Eames short film Fiberglass Chairs: Something of How They Get the Way They Are, their granddaughter Llisa Demetrios will be sharing stories, showing photographs, and screening a few Eames short films about how Charles and Ray approached designing chairs.
Charles and Ray Eames often visited with their daughter and grandchildrenputting them in their short films, taking them around their exhibits, photographing the natural world around them, having them stay at the Eames House, picnicking in the meadow, showing three-screen slide shows, building Houses of Cards, flying kites, and the like. These playful interactions were also valuable lessons on the design process, such as circling an idea and looking at it from different perspectives, and the importance of having a deep understanding of a material.
Best known for their "mid-century modern" furniture designs, Charles and Ray Eames epitomized the modern era. They believed in the honest use of materials in their furniture, films, and architecture. "We wanted to make the best for the most for the least."  Their hands-on, learning-by-doing process explored the possibilities of new materials like fiberglass, aluminum, wire, and molded plywood. They never delegated understanding, doing iteration upon iteration of scale models to hone an idea.

Llisa Demetrios began her archiving career at the Mies van der Rohe Archive at MoMA in New York. As a granddaughter of the Eameses, she continues her services as a board member of the Eames Foundation and archivist and Registrar of The Eames Collection, for which she has recently prepared exhibits in Sacramento, Pasadena, and Singapore, and has led Powers of 10 workshops for all age groups. A third-generation sculptor, she has been practicing her art for over twenty years. She is married with two children, and lives in Sonoma County.


SCA Brent Auditorium (View)
282 S High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
United States


Arts > Visual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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