The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Celebrating this dynamic design duo and their extraordinary work at the Eames Office.

The Eameses treated their office as a laboratory where, alongside their collaborators and staff, they worked on producing some of the most incredible and pioneering designs of the 20th century.

While they are well-known for their iconic furniture designs – particularly the Eames chair – the pair actually had a far more expansive oeuvre that encompassed architecture, graphic and product design,  painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography and props.

More than 380 objects produced over four decades are used to chart their revolutionary approach to design practice. What is especially interesting is that the Eames were driven by philosophical ideals; they embraced the potential of technology and science for the common good, and saw no separation between life and work.

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The Eameses’ were fascinated with children's education, and began a programme of self-initiated pedagogical work. Believing that learning could be achieved through creativity and modes of play, they incorporated rituals from a diverse array of cultures to devise an entirely new model for teaching. This illuminating project is explored within the exhibition.

Venue details

Barbican Art Gallery Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street London EC2Y 8DS 020 7638 8891

Entry details

£10 with National Art Pass (£14.50 standard entry)

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