what to explore today: “the world of charles and ray eames” at the barbican

October 21, 2015  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH


this morning across the pond in london, the barbican opened its doors to “the world of charles  and ray eames,” an exhibition celebrating the husband-and-wife duo whose love of creative experimentation brought a groundbreaking sense of wonder to mid-century american design.

the eameses were the embodiment of  the adage, “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”: they lived in and through their work, instilling it with their inimitable and contagious joie de vivre. while best known for their far-reaching influence on the worlds of furniture design and architecture, the twosome played with a variety of other mediums including photography, sculpture, painting and film.

(and on that note, we once spent an entire day joyfully lost in watching their complete collection of highly-stylized short films. highly recommend it.)

if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in london between now and next february, take the opportunity to view photographs, multi-media installations, and personal letters on display at the barbican. we think you’ll be inspired to, like the eameses, do things a little differently.

“the world of charles and ray eames” is on now through February 14, 2016, at the barbican in london. 


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