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Photo Gallery: Icons of Modern living

Charles and wife Ray Eames pose playfully with chair bases in a 1947 photo. To mark the centennial of Charles’ birth, a yearlong schedule of events celebrates the legacy of the designing couple. (LAT)
A front view of the Eames House’s glass-and-steel exterior with its X-brace and splash of bright color. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
The house’s woodsy setting in Pacific Palisades includes a carefully landscaped patio with pathways. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
Lucia Eames, Charles’ daughter, shows off the certificate naming the 1949 house a national historic landmark. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
Eames Demetrios, Charles Eames’ grandson, stands in the home’s two-story living room with its tall bookcases, rugs and many travel mementos. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
Three generations of Eames descendants hosted a June picnic celebrating what would have been Charles’ 100th birthday and marked the formal dedication of the Eames House as a national historic landmark. Family members at the picnic include, seated, Lucia Eames, and from left, Llisa Demetrios, Byron Atwood, Eames Demetrios and Lucia Dewey Atwood. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
Family photos displayed at Eames Office in Santa Monica include one taken of a youthful Ray and Charles. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
At Eames Office, a platform displays DCW dining chairs made of molded plywood in varying shades. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
A stacked set of molded plastic Eames chairs creates its own rainbow effect. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
A limited anniversary edition of the plywood elephant will be released by Vitra in the fall. It’s based on a 1945 design. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
Charles Eames’ bowties are among the personal items exhibited at Eames Office. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
Martin Eames Burstein, 5, great-grandson of Charles Eames, does some creative work of his own. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)