Eames + Valastro
The interior of the Valastro's Brooklyn apartment. Copyright James Valastro
Sal and Gladys Valsatro were married on Valentine’s Day in 1954. Using the money they received as weddings gifts, they purchased nine pieces of Eames design to furnish their small apartment on Ryerson Street in Brooklyn, New York. The Valastros had two sons and their Eames furniture adapted seamlessly for a family with young children – their overturned RAR became a turtle’s shell, their CTM was ideal for surfing and the drawer of their ESU perfectly fit a bassinette for their infant son. What began as starter-furniture for the young newlyweds would become a constant in the family’s life, furnishing six different homes across five states, over a span of fifty-four years. The Valastro collection fully embodied the Eames mission, existing as functional, beautiful and enduring designs in heart of the modern American home.
The following nine lots are from the collection of Sal and Gladys Valastro.