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The Keeper Of The Eames Family Legacy Is Creating A World All His Own

He’s the grandson of some of the world’s most famous designers, Charles and Ray Eames.

Eames Demetrios. Photo courtesy of Eames Demetrios.

In the years following World War II, Charles and Ray Eames helped redefine the American aesthetic, beginning with a simple, iconic, mass-produced chair. For decades, the married couple produced ubiquitous work that helped shape the field of modern design, and when Charles died in 1978 and Ray followed 10 years later, the daunting task of preserving that legacy was passed down to Charles’ daughter and Ray’s stepdaughter, Lucia Eames. After Lucia passed away in 2014, the responsibility was transferred to her own son, artist Eames Demetrios.

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This Art School Aims To Narrow The Wealth Disparity In Developing Countries

The schools are helping out here too: Academies in the U.S. serve disabled veterans.

When traveling to distant places, tourists usually want to bring something back. Too often it’s a kitschy knickknack: mass-produced but crafted to look handmade. Worse still, profits usually don’t benefit the seller — at least not by much.

Entrepreneur Tim Reynolds was about to change all that when he met artist Anthony Waichulis. In 2011, the two established Ani Art Academies, which has evolved into a group of six schools located in Anguilla, Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and two in the U.S. With about 50 students total (not including graduates), the academies offer hardworking, creatively minded locals full scholarships to a three-year full-time arts program. The idea is that students and graduates produce original paintings and drawings that give travelers the opportunity to forgo souvenirs for actual investments, which in turn benefits local artists 100%.

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