Bringing together over 380 pieces of work, ‘The World of Charles and Ray Eames’ exhibition at the Barbican promises to showcase not only the influential work completed by the couple, but also features a wealth of documentation and contextual material from the professional archive of the Eames office.
It’s no secret that we’re all huge fans of the Eames’ at Barkham Office Furniture, that’s why you’ll be seeing us lining up outside the Barbican in London!
If you’ve never heard of Charles or Ray Eames, let me first ask you… HOW?! I’m pretty sure that you would have seen, if not sat on, a chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames (a copy at least).
Right then, where do we even begin trying to explain this exhibition with an archive of millions of artefacts?
The Eames’ have produced an array of pioneering and influential work, some of which you will have undoubtedly seen on shows such as X-Factor or The Apprentice.
Recognise the chairs On The X Factor or on the Pepsi Max advert?
Charles and Ray Eames were two of the most highly respected furniture designers of the twentieth century and in 1958 they designed the famous EA108 chair, which was originally manufactured by Herman Miller. Charles and Ray constructed the chairs with cast aluminium and a seated frame to support a stretched fabric or leather, hence the name EA108 Aluminium Range.
Due to the uniqueness of the chair, demand was sky high, not just within the US, but all around the world. This offered an opportunity for Herman Miller to license other manufacturers within Europe – and as a result Herman Miller ceased production of the EA108 in 1986. Vitra, Hille, Mobilier International and ICF continued producing these in Herman Millers absence. Despite an on-going court battle, ICF continued to manufacture the chair without interruption for many years. They finally stopped producing and selling the EA108 chairs in 2004 and Vitra is now the ONLY manufacturer of these.
As well as the infamous EA108, Charles and Ray Eames are also responsible for such works as the DSR chair. The Black Vitra DSR Chair, also known as Eames Plastic Side Chair was designed by the infamous Charles & Ray Eames and was their breakout piece of furniture which lead to them being recognised as the iconic furniture designers they became.
So if you’re still intrigued and want to delve a little deeper into the minds and works of the triumphant Charles and Ray Eames then head on down to this exhibition!
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS. Nearest underground: Barbican, Moorgate.
21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016