Eames Demetrios

What makes your home a magical place

This fall, we asked three prominent figures in the design world to sketch and share a back-of-the-napkin idea of what makes their homes magical.

Below, meet our second contributor, Eames Demetrios, Geographer-at-Large of Kcymaerxthaere, and Director of Eames Office.

Eames Demetrios

Portrait by Roma Edwards

What makes your home a magical place

Sketch by Eames Demetrios

One of my favorite things in my house is our shot glass collection and the fact we had someone make special shelves to fit them all in a window.

Sketch by Eames Demetrios

Q&A with Eames

What is the most magical item you remember from your childhood home?

A centaur from an old merry-go-round, probably 100 years old, that my grandparents (Charles and Ray Eames) gave my mom. It was something they had treasured—even used in some of their installations—and then gave to her. And it was always near our front door. Very honorable, majestic, and strangely very much at home in ours. Actually quite welcoming (despite the centaur community's reputation).

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What is the design theme of your own home?

Cats, books, and aspiring for a design theme.

Where do you find your inspiration?

In imagining stories that invite the reader to reinvent their possibilities.

When you move, what is one item that you carry yourself instead of letting the movers handle, and why?

I have a few books that I hold tight—Between Pacific Tides, by Doc Ricketts, the first printing of a couple of my books, and a thumbed-through reference book. They tend to be books I have had for a while where the specific copy of the book has special meaning. Or that I just got and am still uncovering my connection to them—and its depth.

Describe your design philosophy in three words.

Surrender to journey.