Charles and Ray Eames were one of Venice's most famous couples. Internationally renowned modern furniture and industrial designers, these married artists also made significant contributions to film, toy design, architecture, and fine art. The couple moved to Venice in the early 1940s, a neighborhood where they believed they could focus on their work without distraction.
One of their most successful pioneering products was a series of chairs composed of molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent and welded wire mesh, and cast aluminum, that could meet the public need for affordable, high quality furniture and be quickly mass-produced in the 1950s.
The Eames Foundation, located in the Eames Office on Pico Boulevard, houses the couple's archives and preserves the legacy and history of their studio on Washington Blvd (now Abbot Kinney). Plan a day to visit the Eames office, swing by their old studio, and grab some delicious pork ribs at Glencrest Bar-B-Que down the street. If you make a reservation, you can even take an exterior, self-guided tour of the iconic Eames House in Pacific Palisades, where the couple lived on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean until their deaths.
DIRECTIONS TO THE START
Car: From the 10 Freeway West exit toward Lincoln Blvd/CA-1 S. Merge onto Olympic Blvd, then turn left onto Lincoln Blvd. Take the third left onto Pico Blvd. 850 Pico Blvd. will be on your right.