In fall of 2015 I had the opportunity to visit the "other" Eames House. Llisa Demetrios, the granddaughter brought the archive to life as she shared her house with a small handful of arts, designers, and enthusiasts. Each object she presented over the 5 hour walk had a rich and intricate story riddled with the tedious pitfalls of the Eames notorious design process and triumphs of their famous ingenuity.
As I walked the grounds and noticed iteration after iteration and photograph after photograph I saw not just people who loved what they did, but people that loved the world around them. They seemed in a way to be collectors and creators of human joy and their innate curiosity is what truly inspired me.
At the beginning of the tour Llisa quoted her father Charles Eames, "...the role of the architect, or the designer, is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests—those who enter the building and use the objects in it." I will not soon forget the warmth and generosity of Llisa and her family for sharing her home with me, and thank her for time and passion.