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Sept. 11, 2007

Eames Demetrios will present a multimedia celebration of Charles Eames Sept. 19

Eames Demetrios, the grandson of legendary American designers Charles and Ray Eames, will present "In Celebration: Eames 100th Birthday!" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Room 216 of Art Building West on the University of Iowa campus.

Demetrios' multimedia presentation, presented in celebration of the 100th birthday in June of Charles Eames, will be free and open to the pubic.

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers of this century. They are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design (including the famous Eames Chair), industrial design and manufacturing, and photography.

Charles and Ray married in 1941 and moved to California where they continued their furniture design work with molding plywood. During World War II they were commissioned by the Navy to produce molded plywood splints, stretchers and experimental glider shells. Production of their furniture was later taken over by Herman Miller, Inc., who continues to produce the furniture in the United States to this day.

The Eameses continued to create new furniture designs into the 1970s. Examples include the molded plastic or fiberglass chairs from the early 1950s and the famous Lounge Chair and Ottoman from 1956. Sturdy, comfortable and elegant office furniture was created in the 1960s, as well as seating designed for Dulles and O'Hare Airports.

Their molded plywood lounge chair, designed in 1945, was selected by Time magazine as "Best Design of the 20th Century."

Eames Demetrios was born in San Francisco in 1962. He received a bachleor's degree from Harvard University in 1984 and moved to Los Angeles where he began working freelance for many production companies in various capacities, including shooting and editing segments for ABC's 20/20 and a Universal Pictures feature. Since 1985, he has made about 20 films and videos of various lengths and types.

Today, Demetrios is a principal in the Eames Office, dedicated to communicating, preserving, and extending the work of Charles and Ray Eames. His projects there include multimedia production, printed materials, toys, exhibition design and filmmaking, among others. Author, filmmaker and artist in his own right, Demetrios travels widely, speaking on many topics including the work of Charles and Ray Eames from a historical and aesthetic perspective.

Visit the Web site of the Eames Office at http://www.eamesgallery.com/.

Demetrios' UI lecture is presented by Design Ranch of Iowa City and Davenport, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, and Herman Miller, Inc., with additional support from the programs in jewelry and metal arts and three-dimensional design in the UI School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Learn more about Design Ranch at http://www.designranch.com. Visit the UI School of Art and Art History web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~art.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846; peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.