Who is Carla Hartman?
Carla Atwood Hartman, granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames, has been the Director of Education for the Eames Office since 2004. She collaborates with museums, schools, institutions, and the public to extend the creative legacy of Charles and Ray Eames through interactive programming and exhibitions, publications, and product development. While much of her current work focuses on the Eameses, she also uses chairs—a singular collecting passion (hence her moniker “Chairs Lady”)—as teaching tools about design and the design process.
Prior to becoming involved with the Eames Office, she enjoyed thirteen years of museum experience at the Denver Art Museum, primarily within the Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics as a curatorial assistant and later as its educator.
Today, at Chairs Lady, she shares with others her love of chairs—their anthropomorphism, sculptural qualities, and potential as vehicles for exploration of self and others.