The World of Charles and Ray Eames

21 October 2015 - 14 February 2016
Art Gallery

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Enthusiastic and tireless experimenters, this husband and wife duo moved fluidly between the fields of photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, and furniture and product design.
The Eames Office was a hub of activity where the Eameses and their collaborators produced an array of pioneering designs, communicating their ideas with a boundless creativity that defined their careers. The Eameses embraced the joy of trial and error and approached design as a way of life.
From personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork, to their products, models, multi-media installations and furniture, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes not only the designs for which they are best known, but provides an insight into the lives of the Eameses, the Eames Office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing their ideas and playful spirit to life.

Download 'Audio For Travelling To, Or From, The World of Charles and Ray Eames'.

Featuring interviews with the exhibition curators and Eames Office Director - and grandchild - Eames Demetrios plus archive audio from the Eamses.


Celebrate the legacy of the Eameses with our stunning range of exclusive products and gift ideas, including jewellery, designer collaborations and a great choice of books, available to purchase in the Barbican Shop and online here.

The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition will tour to:

Bildmuseet, Umeċ, Sweden
17 Apr–4 Sept 2016

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon, Portugal
4 Oct 2016–8 Jan 2017

Part of The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Barbican Art Gallery in London presents major exhibitions by leading international figures in the heart of the City of London

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