Spotlight With Zahid Sardar is a live 1-hr webcast offering a brief journey into geographer-at-large Eames Demetrios’s fictional world called Kcymaerxthaere, and takes a close look at a few built monuments in that fascinating ‘dominion’ scattered globally. In a live Zoom session California’s noted design editor Zahid Sardar will join Eames Demetrios in conversation and they will offer a glimpse of Kcymaerxthaere, an art project started in 2003 that began in Athens, Georgia, but now has more than 140 visitable sites globally. Using slides, Eames will present recent highlights, and also share his grandparents Ray and Charles Eames’ design legacy with a personal walk-through video inside the iconic Eames House that is a place of design pilgrimage and has itself become larger than life. The talk will explore these parallel universes and the design languages that inhabit the space between fact and fiction.
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Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco-based editor, writer, and curator specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. He has authored many design books, curated exhibitions, and was the San Francisco Chronicle’s design editor for 20 years. Most recently he was the editor-in-chief of Spaces Magazine. His work has also appeared in New York Times, Dwell, Interiors, Western Interiors & Design, Interior Design, House & Garden, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Landscape Architecture. He has taught design history at the California College of the Arts and has written several other books, including “In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights”, “West Coast Modern” and “New Garden Design”.
EAMES DEMETRIOS, Geographer-at-Large Founder, Kcymaerxthaere
Eames Demetrios wears many hats: exploring film, art, design and storytelling. His current large-scale art project is his parallel universe, Kcymaerxthaere, a global work of storytelling through the physicality of the world. Demetrios is the director of the Eames Office, founded by Charles and Ray Eames, and has devoted decades to communicating the Eameses’ holistic vision of design. He also works with Herman Miller and Vitra on the continued production of authentic Eames furniture.