The World of Charles and Ray Eames

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 (Charles and Ray Eames with a panel of Eames Office work made for the American Institute of Architects, 1957. © Eames Office LLC.)
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Charles and Ray Eames with a panel of Eames Office work made for the American Institute of Architects, 1957. © Eames Office LLC.
 (Wire Chairs with bird, 1953. Photograph Charles Eames. © Eames Office LLC.)
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Wire Chairs with bird, 1953. Photograph Charles Eames. © Eames Office LLC.
 (Eames House Living Room. Photographer Antonia Mulas. © Eames Office LLC.)
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Eames House Living Room. Photographer Antonia Mulas. © Eames Office LLC.
 (Charles Eames in the plywood Lounge and Ottoman. Photograph for an advertisement,1956 © Eames Office LLC.)
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Charles Eames in the plywood Lounge and Ottoman. Photograph for an advertisement,1956 © Eames Office LLC.
 (Still of Think, I.B.M Pavilion, New York World’s Fair, 1964. © Eames Office LLC.)
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Still of Think, I.B.M Pavilion, New York World’s Fair, 1964. © Eames Office LLC.
 (Stacking Chairs, 1957. © Eames Office LLC.)
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Stacking Chairs, 1957. © Eames Office LLC.
 (Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A., Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC.)
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Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A., Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC.
 (Charles and Ray Eames selecting slides. © Eames Office LLC.)
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Charles and Ray Eames selecting slides. © Eames Office LLC.
 (Still from Traveling Boy, 1950. © Eames Office LLC.)
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Still from Traveling Boy, 1950. © Eames Office LLC.

Major survey of the post-war modernist designers Charles and Ray Eames

You may well have sat in one of Charles and Ray Eames's iconic stack chairs, or at least a copy of one. The couple's pioneering designs are known the world over and have been a guiding light for new generations of designers, certainly a go to for any interior decorator. This major retrospective focuses on their extraordinary laboratory, the Eames Office that produced more than just furniture but sought to address the demands of modern living through new approaches to architecture and arts education. Bringing together their innovative projects, the show invites us to revisit their legacy while also getting some pretty good tips on how best to redecorate the living room.

FOUR THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT CHARLES AND RAY EAMES

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For an exhibition about two of the greatest designers of the 20th century, the design of the exhibition was really lacking... It’ll always be worth visiting a show about the Eames’: what they produced, the role they have in design history, even the letters they wrote each other are so incredible, that even someone not that interested in design will find something that catch their eyes – ergo the 4 stars. It’s a pity that the lightening was set in a way that half the time you’re shadowing the information texts – already difficult to read because of the small typing and confusing placement of the ‘no photography’ and ‘no touching’ signs. The videos seem amazing, but there are no headphones, and the volume is set rather low (it wasn’t even crowded when I was there, I imagine it can get even more difficult to hear anything). Again, it’s not enough to spoil the experience, but it is shameful that the exhibition design doesn’t do justice to such material.

Tastemaker

Even if you don't think you have heard of this pair of geniuses you will definitely recognise some of their masterpieces. 


I was lucky enough to go to the private view of this exhibition and it is absolutely beautiful. WARNING PROUD WIFE MOMENT APPROACHING I think the highlight of the exhibition is the scale model of their house (case study 8) and studio (my husband made it, not that I'm biased). 


All the details in the exhibition such as how their chairs were made and their toy designs are fascinating. I really enjoyed this exhibition and its always such a pleasure visiting the Barbican, pop into the conservatory whilst you are there too.