American power couple, Charles and Ray Eames, were the most influential designers of the 20th century influencing architecture, furniture design, industrial design, manufacturing, and the photographic arts.
With an architectural background, Charles (1907-1978) and Abstract Expressionist, Ray (1912-1988), both attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art. After divorcing his first wife, Charles married Ray in 1941 and moved to California where they both worked and lived together for the rest of their lives.
Together the couple begun their earlier works creating molded plywood splints for the U.S Army and leading on to the more recognized modern product design of fiberglass furniture and plastic resin chairs. Throughout the years they have been closely involved with the Arts & Architecture magazine. The magazine introduced a Case Study program for 8 offices to design 8 different houses, including Case Study House #8 which became the Eameses own home and studio.
The Barbican Centre in London has curated an extensive exhibition showcasing over 380 pieces of original Eameses work, from personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork, to their products, models, multi-media installations and furniture. The exhibition takes you through a journey of their life featuring screenings from the manufacturing process and original films from their filmmaking collection.
The exhibition ends on Sunday 14th February 2016 and is definitely a must see show as inspiration for those in the design world, especially Product Designers or even Architects.