The World of Charles and Ray Eames
‘A great resource for any fans of Eames’ Creative Review
' A must-read' Grand Designs
Charles (1907 - 1978) and Ray (1912 - 1988) Eames are among the most important designers of the 20th century. The World of Charles and Ray Eames, was published to accompany an exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, London in 2015. This handsome book charts the history of the Eameses careers and the work of the Eames Office, a ‘laboratory’ where Charles and Ray produced an array of pioneering projects – from architecture, furniture and product design to film, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for arts education.
Themes included within the book are The Eames Office: Life in Work, At Home with the Eameses, Information Machines, The Seeing Eye, Office USA: Communicating 'America' at Home and Abroad, and The Art of Living. Alongside newly commissioned texts by leading design experts, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes contemporaneous reviews and magazine articles, writings by Charles and Ray Eames themselves, personal correspondence and a comprehensive reference section.
The book was voted one of the best architecture books of 2015 by The Guardian.
- Author: Catherine Ince, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery
- Pages: 320 pages
- Date published: November 2015
- Language: English
ISBN: 978-0500518304 - hardcover
9780500294628 - paperback
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2.2 cm
★★★★★ 'The World of Charles and Ray Eames embraces product design, architecture, film-making, graphics, textiles, photography and sculpture. The Eameses’ oeuvre really does assert a phenomenal influence on the way many of us live today' - The Telegraph
★★★★ 'as deftly illustrated by The World of Charles and Ray Eames at the Barbican, their furniture is one of the least interesting things about the pair, who went from supplying splints for injured Second World War soldiers to designing exhibitions that anticipated the coming information age' - The Evening Standard
'As a cornucopian new exhibition at the Barbican confirms, as does a substantial and resplendent catalogue, their talent was prodigious and abundant. They could design chairs, buildings, magazine covers, multi-screen video installations, textiles, exhibitions and medical aids' - The Guardian
'Power couple of the design world Charles and Ray Eames turn their hand to furniture, architecture and art in this formidable retrospective' - Culture Whisper
'A comprehensive retrospective with a gorgeous range of objects and ephemera' - The Spectator