Upon entering through a non-descript back alley door (which added a bit of exclusive mystique), de Labbers were treated to what can only be described as heaven for the modern design collector. Legendary furniture dealer JF Chen welcomed us into their latest show, Collecting Eames, the largest and most diverse gathering of Eames objects in the US. Daniel Ostoroff – dedicated Eames collector, curator, and editor of Eames Designs, a virtual encyclopedia of all things Eames – was our guide.
Daniel walked us through the timeline sharing with us the stories behind the objects and the history behind the prolific and talented design duo. From the iconic chairs to the very cabinet that served as Ray and Charles’ impromptu changing table, the tour was an intimate look at how the Eames lived, worked, and created. Daniel even shared fun little anecdotes, such as to design-savvy rapper Ice Cube’s apt assessment that “the Eames were masters of sampling.” Indeed.
Among the highlights, an Eames-designed tube radio and their unique take on dorm living. For anyone with a chair addiction (you know who you are!), note that all the original pieces featured in this show are for sale.
If you missed the event, you still have time. Collecting Eames will be on through January 14. Show hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm, closed on Sunday.