Charles and Ray Eames

We spent the afternoon at the Eames exhibition at the Barbican, along with half of London, all of whom had realised, like us, that it closes tomorrow.   It is a vivid evocation and record of the spirit of 1950s design, emerging originally out of the Cranbrook Academy, where he was taught by Eliel Saarinen and made friends with his son Eero, and then migrating to Pacific Palisades where they lived in Case Study House #8 on the edge of the Ocean.   Their office was in 901, Washington Boulevard in Venice, CA.   They were extraordinarily productive during the 1950s, doing industrial design, the Eames chair, books, films and exhibitions and, most of all, what I think of – and they probably called – informatics, the use of graphic design, as well as film (and slide shows) to convey complex information in the clearest possible way.

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