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Exhibition: The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Catch it while you can …

Featuring interviews with the exhibition curators and Eames Office Director – and grandchild – Eames Demetrios plus archive audio from the Eamses. A new exhibition at the Barbican is a spectacle not to be missed. Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Enthusiastic and tireless experimenters, a husband and wife duo that moved fluidly between photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, furniture and product design.

When the Eames lounge chair and ottoman were launched in 1956, they signalled a new direction in American consumerism. The luxurious leather recliner appealed directly to an American public ready to leave behind the austerities of the post-war years, and treat itself to a very comfortable symbol of affluence.

The chair is “a perfect balance of tradition and modernity”, says Catherine Ince, curator of the exhibition about designers Charles and Ray Eames which closes on 14th February 2016 at the Barbican, London.

“It’s an incredibly well-made, high-quality, comfortable, beautifully elegant piece of furniture.”

The lounger has an unmistakably modern shape, but its leather upholstery roots it firmly in the tradition of English armchairs that can be traced back to William Morris’s late 19th Century designs.

(Source: BBC News)