Eames at the Barbican

December 30, 2015

A couple of weekends ago we went to see the Eames exhibition at the Barbican, one of my favourite spaces in London. Showcasing the entire repertoire of work the couple created together, it told a story much richer than the beautiful furniture they are famed for. 

From communication to education, living spaces and design for the home, there was so much to admire and be inspired by. Surprisingly, film played a big role, with one installation using multiple screens to create a multi-layered, cinematic narrative. 

The exhibition took you on a fascinating journey of their lives, revealing commissions, collaborations and lesser known projects, as well as design classics such as the Vitra Lounge Chair (1956) and the Wire Chair DKR (1951)   

Their combination of considered design aesthetics and practical function are what makes the duo so special. Their approach resonates today as much as it did when they were at the height of their creative powers, which is evident in so much contemporary design. 

It’s rare to encounter an exhibition that you can genuinely walk away from feeling inspired and humbled by. Ray and Charles Eames created a body of work that is timeless and can only serve as motivation for anyone involved in design, communication and creativity.