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The Gifted Eye of Charles Eames

CHATTANOOGA, TN –® is proud to announce that it will host The Gifted Eye of Charles Eames, a traveling exhibition of Charles Eames’ personal photography, published by the Eames Office and commissioned by Herman Miller to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The Gifted Eye of Charles Eames Exhibit will open at the Smart Furniture Studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 4th. Smart Furniture will host a reception for the exhibit which will feature a presentation by Eames Demetrios, principal of the Eames Office and grandson of Charles and Ray Eames.

Charles Eames, together with his wife and design partner, Ray Eames, are among the most influential American designers of the 20th Century. They are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to furniture design, architecture, industrial design and manufacturing, textiles, and the photographic arts. For the Eameses, and particularly Charles, photography was not merely a way to record things; it was a part of the process of design. Charles had an incredible eye for detail and this is evident in his photography. This exhibition represents the first time Charles Eames’ photography has been truly celebrated on its own. These rarely seen photos feature the many facets of Charles and Ray’s life, work and travels. To choose a mere 100 images from such a massive body of work was a daunting task. All are archival images; most have not been published. In combination, each gives a taste of all: furniture, house, projects, travel, and people.

What: The Gifted Eye of Charles Eames: A Portfolio of 100 Images
When: February 4th to March 4th, 2010
Where: Smart Furniture Studio, 313 Manufacturers Road, Suite 107, Chattanooga, TN 37405
More Information: Contact Karen Liwanpo (423) 822-2266

The Gifted Eye of Charles Eames: Opening Night

Smart Furniture studio hosted The Gifted Eye of Charles Eames, a traveling exhibition of Charles Eames personal photography, published by the Eames Office and commissioned by Herman Miller® to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. We had a great turn out, many people showed up from Chattanooga and surrounding areas, even some from outside Tennessee. We were honored to have Herman Miller's Senior Retail Sales Manager, Lisa Hubbs fly down for the event as well. We started the evening off with a question and answer session with Eames and Smart Furniture's Director of Special Accounts, Karen Liwanpo. We live streamed the interview, as well as documented it on
The event opened up with wine and hors d'eourves, art, and good times. Eames shared a slide show presentation of art by his grandfather, Charles, and shared a few fond memories of his grandparents.
Eames Demetrios Speaking at the Gifted Eye Eames Demetrios from the Eames Office
The Gifted Eye Of Charles Eames Exhibit Images Smart Furniture Studio Visitors During the Gifted Eye of Charles Eames
A BIG thanks to Eames Demetrios, Charles Eames' gifted eye, Smart Furniture Studio, Greenlife Grocery for the wonderful hors d'oeuvres, and for all our guests who came to the event. We had a great time!

Herman Miller's Take on The Gifted Eye of Charles Eames

We think of Charles Eames as a great designer but an exhibition that opened last night shows us another side to this talented man - that of photographer. Hosted by Smart Furniture in their Chattanooga, TN showroom a show of 100 photographs by Charles runs until March 4.

It was a rather cold evening last night but over 200 design enthusiasts showed up to hear Eames Demetrios talk about Charles and Ray’s design philosophy and enjoy the images. Many of the shots, which cover not just Charles’ work but also his travels and life with Ray, had never been exhibited before. I’m going to see if I can get a slideshow together of at least 20 of the images to post here. But for the moment I can tantalize you with pics of the show before the guests arrived!