Safeguarding an American Icon

| Eames Office

Known for groundbreaking contributions to architecture, photography and industrial design and manufacturing, Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers of the 20th century. Their lounge chair & ottoman, with their smooth, organic construction, have become icons of modern design. Gravel & Shea has worked with Eames Office on strategic partnership and licensing arrangements, as well as protection and enforcement of Eames’ valuable intellectual property rights.  For example, Gravel & Shea’s litigation team prevented an attempt to auction an archive of Eames images and other research artifacts developed around Ray Eames’s last book, “Eames Design.” The artifacts, estimated to bring up to $200,000 at auction, were successfully returned to the Eames Family.