Barbican's new exhibition, on show until February 2016, examines the fascinating and influential work of Charles and Ray Eames – a husband and wife duo well known for their Modernist furniture including the iconic stack chairs.
Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important designers of the 20th century. Their enduring influence is widely acknowledged and continues to be celebrated worldwide.
The World of Charles and Ray Eames is a major new exhibition surveying the careers of this creative duo and the extraordinary work of the Eames Office: a ‘laboratory’, active for over four decades, where the Eameses, their collaborators and staff produced an array of pioneering and influential work – from architecture, furniture, graphic and product design, to painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for education.
Image: Wire Chairs with bird, 1953. Photograph: Charles Eames/Eames Office
Opened to the public last month, the exhibition includes not only the designs for which they are best known, but provides an insight into the lives of the Eameses, the Eames Office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing their ideas and playful spirit to life. Curated by the Barbican's Catherine Ince, the exhibition of over 380 pieces across architecture, furniture, film, communication and art direction, forms the first Eames retrospective in the UK since 1999.