Tours of the Eames House and Studio require a sizable donation to the Eames Foundation, but you can bring the Case Study No. 8 house to the convenience of your coffee table or kids playroom at a bargain. Each set of 36 replenishable Michigan-grown basswood blocks represents 29 separate hand-pulled screen passes. In the true Eames spirit, your kids can create a ligneous yard sale on the living room rug while you are in deep conversation with your guests, then build this living landmark to demonstrate how you are properly introducing them to important bits of our design culture.
As part of the Eames Century Modern project, House Industries, a prolific type foundry and design house, introduces a set of alphabet blocks that is also a model of the landmark Eames house and studio. Sitting high atop the Pacific Palisades and overlooking Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean, the original Eames House was built in 1949 as number eight in the series of Case Study Houses and is still recognized for its revolutionary use of space and materials. Charles and Ray Eames moved into the house in 1950 and it was occupied until Ray's death in 1988. The House and Studio is now managed by the Eames Foundation, which oversees its preservation and administers tours to foundation members.