Happy 100th, Ray Eames.
Today we present photos made in 1950 by LIFE’s Peter Stackpole at the now-legendary Eames House. The article that ran focused largely on her husband, Charles Eames. As LIFE told its readers in the September 1950 issue, in which some of these pictures first ran:
Charles Eames, whose stark, comfortable chairs in the last five years have made him the best-known U.S. designer of modern furniture and a winner in the Museum of Modern Art furniture competition, recently designed a house and adjoining studio for himself near Santa Monica, Calif. As might be expected of a man whose chief concerns are simplicity, functionalism and economy, Eames’s own house is simply built of steel trusses, bright stucco panels and treat curtained expanses of glass. It is extraordinarily functional, built for a couple that likes to live without servants or cocktail parties and work surrounded by the varied objects that interest them. And when work or contemplation pall, the Eameses have the ocean just across the meadow from their home.