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Heard Of The Eames Chair? This Man's Grandparents Designed It

And he's currently in the Philippines for talks. Meet Eames Demetrios, the director of Eames Office.

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Photography: courtesy of CWC (Eames) and Bahaghari (Chair) (Main Photo)

Eames Demetrios has said more than once (in jest) that people thought “he changed his name to get his job,” but this is farthest from the truth. Demetrios is the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, possibly the most important designer couple of the 20th century, and the creators of such modern classics like the LCW (Lounge Chair Wood), the DSW Chair, and the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, among many other iconic furniture pieces.

Aside from being Eames Office’s current director, Eames is also a filmmaker, a Geographer-at-Large (for his ongoing parallel-world installation project Kcymaerxthaere), and a book author. But his main role at the Eames Office is to preserve, communicate, and extend the work and the legacy of his grandparents. He does this through special projects, exhibits of Charles and Rays’ works (the closest we’ve gotten to is the “Essential Eames” exhibit at the Singapore Art Science Museum back in 2013), and new books about the couples’ design philosophies.

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Essential Eames: Words & Pictures is the most recent book, and it was launched in the Philippines last December 2017. Demetrios is currently in the country, and he held a talk with designers and signed the book at CWC Interiors (the exclusive local distributor of Eames furniture), and will have another talk at the De La Salle-Benilde School of Design and Arts on February 26, 2018.

Essential Eames not only documents the important creations and design processes of the Eameses, but also gives readers an intimate glimpse of how the couple communicated with their family and the public on a very personal and playful level (Demetrios read one of their rebus-style letters at CWC).

On a related note, here’s a fun roundup of the ten favorite things that give a glimpse of Demetrios’s wide-reaching interests:

Favorite Furniture Piece


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"I think the LCW is the perfect chair [above photo]. I love it for that reason. The Eames Chaise Lounge [photo below] brings back so many memories. I remember after its design, Charles and Ray sent one to my mom [Lucia Eames] and it was so exciting...there was this big, mysterious box and they opened it and it was so amazing."


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Favorite Area In The House 

"The living room."

In photo: living room of Eames's grandparents Charles and Ray Eames's Case Study House No. 8, a project which eventually became their home.

Favorite Home Gadget


"A soda water maker."

Favorite Recycling Trick

"Composting."

Favorite Travel Destination


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"Namibia, Portugal, and the high desert in the US...Joshua Tree."

Favorite Scent

"I like the smell of wood, and the smell of fennel."

Favorite Color



"A really, really beautiful, perfect dark gray."

Favorite Pick-Me-Up Treat

"If I were the person who invented ice cream, I'd be the proudest person in the world."

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Favorite Book



"Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell."

Favorite Object On The Night Table

"Usually books...now there'sa a book called Lentil Underground [by Liz Carlisle]. It's about how a group of farmers in Montana developed a new way of growing lentils in a more organic way. It sounds crazy, but it's a really interesting book!"

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Demetrios will be holding a talk "Eames: Design & Furniture" today, February 26, 2018 at 4pm at the SDA Theater, at the De La Salle Benilde-SDA campus. For more information, click hereThe LCW Chair and Eames Lounge are available at CWC Interiors, W Global Center, 30th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City; SodaStream Soda Water Makers are available at major appliance stores; Homage to Catalonia is available at National Book Store.

This interview originally appeared as "My 10 Favorite Things at Home: Eames Demetrios" in Real Living magazine's February 2017 issue. 

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