Charles and Ray Eames celebrated in new Barbican exhibition



2015-10-22 12:53:40

An exhibition celebrating the work of pioneering designers Charles and Ray Eames has opened in London this week.

The couple are renowned for their furniture design, but their influence on the 20th century extends far beyond the famous chairs that bear their name.

This landmark show will survey the work of the entire Eames Office – a design 'laboratory' which, over four decades, also produced a wealth of work in the fields of architecture, product and graphic design, painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions.

"Charles and Ray Eames’ creativity, innovation and talent knew no bounds," said Jane Alison, Barbican Head of Visual Arts. "I am thrilled Barbican Art Gallery is staging the first major UK exhibition in over 15 years about the life and work of this formidable couple.

"We are delighted to be working with the Eames Office and Eames Foundation whose generosity, dedication and support has been invaluable. It promises to be an unmissable show for all Eames fans and a joyful discovery for everyone."

The exhibition will document the projects Charles and Ray Eames created on during their lifetimes, with more than 380 works and archive material direct from the Eames Office.

"For Charles and Ray, design was not simply a professional skill, it was a life skill—more than that, it was an essential attribute of life itself," said Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office. "And not pretentiously, on the contrary, they never stopped: challenging themselves to make their most iconic designs better and better—all the while having fun.

"The unprecedented array of objects and stories at the Barbican is not simply for admiration, but inspiration to folks in myriad fields. That's why the Barbican’s show is so important."

The World of Charles and Ray Eames runs at the Barbican Art Gallery until February 14, 2016.

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