The World of Charles and Ray Eames at The Barbican

Charles and Ray Eames are easily up there amongst the most influential designers of all time. As husband and wife, together they tirelessly worked to explore the fluidity between photography, architecture, film, product and furniture design.


The Eames office was a hub of creativity and activity, where an eclectic array of designs were produced amongst them and their collaborators communicating their ideas creatively. The Eameses embraced the joy of trial and error and approached design as a way of life.



From personal letters and drawings to products, installations, film and furniture, The World of Charles and Ray Eames at the Barbican includes their best-known releases, but also provides a more detailed and intimate insight into the lives of the couple, the Eames office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing ideas and playful spirit to life.



Curated by Catherine Ince, the exhibition contains over 380 pieces. It is the first Eames retrospective event in the UK since 1999.

The Eames team were famed for their modernist principles and, renowned for their incredible level of quality and their refreshing approach to design, for which they gained international acclaim and a cult-like fan base of Eames enthusiasts that include designer Ora-Ïto and even Ice-Cube and Jay-Z.




The World of Charles and Ray Eames is open at the Barbican until February 14th. For more information, head over to their website.

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