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January 28, 2016
Charles and Ray Eames were so much more than furniture designers: they worked in the fields of fine art, film, architecture, industrial design, toy design, and more. These modern homes feature their furniture, plus a few other unusual Eames pieces.
Allison Burke's Austin Home Renovation, Living Room

It takes the right couple to find a dilapidated home and wholeheartedly believe it can be transformed into a dream property. That’s just what Ryan and Allison Burke did. Allison, an interior designer, and her architect husband, who is a partner of A Parallel Architecture, knew this particular East Austin, Texas, property had the potential of meeting their needs. The couple embarked on a complete gut renovation, working to open up the space and infuse a more modern aesthetic throughout. 

White walls bring a sense of warmth to the living room, while furnishings like a Ligne Roset sofa and Eames Bent Plywood coffee table add a modern touch. A painting by Pat Diaz adorns the wall. “It was a pretty easy combination,” Allison says of blending her aesthetic with her husband’s taste. “I am more organic modern and he is more strict modern. Our style flows together.”

 

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Originally appeared in A Charming Renovation in Austin
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Boston renovation dining room with Beat pendants from Tom Dixon, Eames table from Herman Miller, and Saarinen Executive Armless chairs for Knoll.

In Boston’s South End, a design-savvy couple created this clean-lined home with a textural surprise. In the dining area, a trio of Beat pendants by Tom Dixon hang over an Eames table for Herman Miller and Saarinen Executive Armless chairs from Knoll.  Flat Onyx Black paint by Glidden sets off a Corbin Smith photograph. “It’s like you’re erasing things by painting,” designer Chris Grimley says of the inky hue. 

 

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Originally appeared in Boston Renovation Accents Minimalist White with Rich Felt Murals
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Shaw Island Prefab Passive House garbage and recycling area.

When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house is the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and it’s only the fourth in the state. 

Here, an Eames bird and a sculpture of glass and metal by artist Pino Cherchi add visual interest 

 

Originally appeared in Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands
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Aumas reading on vintage sofa.

Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels.

Aumas reads on a vintage Swan sofa by Arne Jacobsen. The teal side table is from a Berlin flea market; the walnut stool by Charles and Ray Eames is from an antique store in Brussels; Aumas himself made the art on the wall.

 

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Originally appeared in A Furniture Collector's Renovated Flat in Paris
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Coat rack on white brick wall

Brod Hart’s home in London’s Finsbury Park neighborhood is hidden away on a quiet street filled with the typical Victorian houses that populate the area. But behind the large steel doors that shield it from view stands what once began as stables, later served as a piano factory, and finally was converted to a wheelchair-accessible private residence. Hart managed the renovation himself and lived on-site during the process, which was challenging. His clever DIY skills and design tricks paid off: The end result is an industrial-chic modern house, fully accessible to wheelchair users.

An Eames mid-century coat rack hangs in the kitchen looking onto the second dining room and storage hallway leading to two guest bedrooms.

 

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Originally appeared in A Wheelchair-Accessible Adaptive Reuse Project in London
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Walnut office with an Eames chair

Light is the focal point of this modern family retreat in Toronto. The study features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that bring the outdoors in. Space-saving custom walnut desks are accented by a Pixo Optical LED Table Lamp, an AJ table lamp, and a 1958 Eames Management Chair.

 

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Ben Rahn
Originally appeared in A Modern Toronto House Covered by a Contemporary Solar Screen
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Modern kitchen dining area with Louis Poulsen and Tom Dixon pendant lights

When the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow started to crumble, they sought an architect who’d preserve the home’s humble roots and mellow vibe, while subtly bringing the place up to date.

The open-plan living-kitchen-dining area is a repository of design icons, both classic and contemporary. There’s a Louis Poulsen pendant lamp over the Eero Saarinen dining table; Mirror Ball pendants by Tom Dixon over the kitchen counter; and Tab F1 floor lamps from Flos behind the Edward Wormley–designed Dunbar sofa. In the living room, chairs modeled on Jens Risom’s swivel design enable people to face either the sofa or to spin 180 degrees toward the kitchen.

 

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Originally appeared in Long Island Found
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Charles and Ray Eames leg splint designed for the Navy

In the remote San Juan Islands, an artist and an architect collaborated on this modern residence dedicated to creative pursuits. On a wall in the home's library hangs a leg splint designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the U.S. Navy in 1942.

 

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Originally appeared in Fall in Love with This Dreamy Studio
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Dining area with Eames DCM chairs and vintage table

A flat renovated by a pair of fashion insiders breathes new life into architect Moshe Safdie's iconic Habitat '67 building. In the dining area, a vintage table is surrounded by Eames DCM chairs topped with leather cushions custom-made by Peart. A PH5 pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen hangs overhead.

 

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Originally appeared in A Renovated Flat in Moshe Safdie's Habitat '67
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Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors in the master bedroom of a Bel Air ranch-style home

This light-filled house in Bel Air brings together indoor and outdoor, private and open, living. Windows and sliding doors open the space to the environment and provide natural ventilation.  An Eames lounge in the bedroom provides a place for the residents to kick their feet up. 

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Originally appeared in An Adorable Midcentury Revamp in Bel Air
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Allison Burke's Austin Home Renovation, Living Room

It takes the right couple to find a dilapidated home and wholeheartedly believe it can be transformed into a dream property. That’s just what Ryan and Allison Burke did. Allison, an interior designer, and her architect husband, who is a partner of A Parallel Architecture, knew this particular East Austin, Texas, property had the potential of meeting their needs. The couple embarked on a complete gut renovation, working to open up the space and infuse a more modern aesthetic throughout. 

White walls bring a sense of warmth to the living room, while furnishings like a Ligne Roset sofa and Eames Bent Plywood coffee table add a modern touch. A painting by Pat Diaz adorns the wall. “It was a pretty easy combination,” Allison says of blending her aesthetic with her husband’s taste. “I am more organic modern and he is more strict modern. Our style flows together.”

 

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