Four parallel exhibitions making up “An Eames Celebration”, the Vitra Design Museum’s homage to the famous pair of designers Charles & Ray Eames and their intense career.
Architecture, design, cinema and installations are the pair’s chief fields, but not the only areas on which they had an impact: Charles & Ray Eames first came up with the playful, brightly coloured style characteristic of the start-ups on the US west coast.
The exhibition takes place in four famous buildings on the Vitra campus. Frank Gehry’s Vitra Design Museum hosts the main exhibition, “Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design”. Organised into a number of different sections offering a complete overview of the couple’s life and work with a large selection of original pieces.
The Fire Station designed by Zaha Hadid hosts “Ideas and Information. The Eames Films” with a vast selection of Charles & Ray Eames’ films, works revealing the two designers’ status as precursors of today’s new media technologies and new forms of communication and disclosure of knowledge. The Vitra Design Museum Gallery hosts “Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids”, a collection of toys designed by the Eames, which are exhibited in glass cases, but reconstructions and new versions are on hand for visitors to play with.
Lastly, in “Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames” studio models and prototypes showing how Charles & Ray Eames created their furniture designs are on display at the Vitra Schaudepot, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design
Vitra Design Museum, 30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018
Ideas and Information. The Eames Films
Fire Station, 30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018
Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids
Vitra Design Museum Gallery, 09.09.2017 – 11.02.2018
Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames
Vitra Schaudepot, 30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018
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Images courtesy of Vitra Design Museum