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Authors on Architecture: Ostroff on Eames
SAH/SCC Lecture & Book Signing
Saturday, September 19, 2015

SAH/SCC is pleased to welcome back Daniel Ostroff for “Authors on Architecture.” In 2011, he treated us to an inside look of the exhibition “Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection.” This event, hosted by Herman Miller’s LA showroom (Lynch/Eisinger/Design, 2009), features Ostroff discussing his fourth book on Eames, An Eames Anthology (Yale University Press, 2015). Surrounded by furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames, we’ll be treated to surprises and new insights into many of the seminal designs of the 20th century.

An Eames Anthology collects for the first time the writings of the Eameses, illuminating their marriage and professional partnership of 50 years. More than 120 primary-source documents and 200 illustrations highlight iconic projects, such as the Case Study Houses and the molded plywood chair, as well as their work for major corporations as both designers (Herman Miller, Vitra) and consultants (IBM, Polaroid). Previously unpublished materials appear alongside published writings by and about the Eameses and their work, giving a peek into their creative process. Correspondence with such luminaries as Richard J. Neutra and Eero Saarinen provides a personal glimpse into the advance of modernity in mid-century America.

Ostroffis also the author of Modern Classic: The Eames Plastic Chair (Neenah Paper/The Eames Office, 2006, with Eames Demetrios), Eames + Valastro (The O Team, 2011), and Collecting Eames. He was consulting curator for “Eames Words” and curator of “Collecting Eames: The JF Chen Collection,” both for The Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time Consortium. He has consulted for The Eames Office, Museum of California Design, Herman Miller, LACMA, SFMOMA, and others. Ostroff also produces feature films, television programming, and documentaries.

Books will be available for sale and signing after the presentation.

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