London | The Eames Office’s design on exhibition

Place: London, Country: United Kingdom
The world of Charles and Ray Eames
Barbican Art Gallery - London
curated by: Catherine Ince
exhibition design: 6a architects with John Morgan
text by Federica Lusiardi, inexhibit
images courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Installation view of moulded plywood furniture
Barbican Art Gallery, London  | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
© Tristan Fewings/ Getty Images

The world of Charles and Ray Eames – temporary exhibition
Barbican Art Gallery – London
by Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit

An exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, until February 14, 2016, outlines the  career of two of the most acclaimed designers of the 20th century: Charles and Ray Eames. Their vision and the contribution of the Eames Office to innovation in design have influenced generations of designers in the past, and still do today.
The world of Charles and Ray Eames” is a journey across the work of the Eames Office which, from their base in Venice-Los Angeles, throughout more that forty years, investigated all possible fields of creativity: from architecture to furniture design, from exhibition design to graphics.
The Eameses have also played a fundamental role in communicating design by exhibitions, installations, and lectures, as well as by adopting what, at the time, was an unprecedented use of images, photographs and films.

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Installation views
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016

© Tristan Fewings/ Getty Images

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Recreation of the model room designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the exhibition “For Modern Living” in 1949
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
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One of the key points of the exhibition is the portrait of what design really meant for the Eameses; indeed, Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988), a couple in life and work, considered design not just a profession, but also a means to interpret life.
“The world of Charles and Ray Eames”, which showcases about 380 pieces, is therefore an unique opportunity to see their contribution to the post-war design, as well as to discover rarely exhibited personal documents and objects, thanks to the collaboration of the Eames Foundation.

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
left: Charles and Ray Eames with a panel of Eames Office work made for the American Institute of Architects, 1957. © Eames Office LLC; right:Eames House courtyard. Photograph: Timothy Street-Porter. © Eames Office LLC.

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Installation view of masks and headpieces from the collection of Charles and Ray Eames
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
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Furthermore, the exhibition, divided into thematic sections, depicts the historical and social context in which the Eameses operated, and delineates their collaboration with some of the most important artists and designers of the time, such as Buckminster Fuller, Alexander Girard, Sister Corita Kent, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen, Saul Steinberg and Billy Wilder.

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Installation view of Aluminium Group chair, 1958
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
© Tristan Fewings/ Getty Images

Objects on display are on loan from the Eames family and the Eames Office, as well as from other public and private collections, including an experimental study for the moulded plywood nose cone of a military aircraft from The Museum of Modern Art in New York; the first moulded plastic chair conceived by the Eameses for MoMA’s International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design, an array of prototype furniture from the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; two slideshows and a vast selection of the Eameses’ innovative films from both the Eames Office and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; and the multi-screen film Think, which premiered in the IBM Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and has been recently restored by the Library of Congress.

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Installation view of the Study for a Glider Nose, 1943
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
© Tristan Fewings/ Getty Images

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Installation view
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
© Tristan Fewings/ Getty Images

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Reconstructed model of the Eames Office scale model of the Ovoid Theater for the IBM Pavilion, New York World’s Fair,1964-65
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
© Tristan Fewings/ Getty Images

The World of Charles and Ray Eames is produced by the Barbican Art Gallery in collaboration with the Eames Office. The exhibition is curated by Catherine Ince, and designed by 6a architects together with graphic designer John Morgan.

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left: The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Installation view of Tanks slideshow
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
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Installation view of G.E.M slide show
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
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The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Installation view of the prototype of the Revell Toy House, 1959
Barbican Art Gallery, London | 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016
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All images courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery  |  http://www.barbican.org.uk/


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