About the expo

Hanna Simons

Charles and Ray selecting slides

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American couple Charles and Ray Eames are two of the most important designers of the 20th century. With their research and designs, they have established a lasting legacy in the world of design, and they are renowned for it all around the globe. The general public knows them from their eye-catching bucket seats with their typical frames. In the design world, the duo are key players.

The World of Charles and Ray Eames is a large exhibition, highlighting the careers of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988). The pioneering work of the Eames Office, a laboratory for design that has been active and epoch-making for four decades in the fields of architecture, furniture design, graphic and product design, film, sculptural works, photography and multimedia is also on display.

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The exhibition was curated and organised by Barbican Centre, London, in collaboration with the Eames Office and opened in the second half of 2015. As we speak the exhibition is to be seen in Portugal (MAAT, Lisbon) and will open at C-mine 18 February 2017.


Bringing together over 380 works, the exhibition presents the world of Charles and Ray Eames through objects and projects produced during their lifetime, offering an opportunity to re-examine their work and legacy, and the legacy of post-war modernism. It also features a wealth of documentation and contextual material from the professional archive of the Eames Office as well as artefacts from their personal collections. Charles and Ray Eames collaborated and associated with the leading artistic figures of the 20th century and their immediate circle included Buckminster Fuller, Alexander Girard, Sister Corita Kent, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen, Saul Steinberg and Billy Wilder. Alongside a rich array of Eames designs, the exhibition includes material which highlights the importance of these relationships to the Eameses’ life, philosophy and working processes.


The exhibition was slightly emended to be fit into the spaces at C-mine, however without changing anything to the strong storyline of the exhibition. Local scenographers Jo Klaps and Patrick Reuvis were appointed by C-mine to coordinate the process.
The World of Charles and Ray Eames will be the must see of 2017 for any designlover from the Euregion, and for the brought audience it will be an interesting acquaintance with the most famous design duo of the 20th century. The exhibition will be completed with an elaborate public program.

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