‘An Eames Celebration’ is on show at the Vitra Design Museum until 25 February 2018. Four parallel exhibitions on the Vitra Campus provide insights into the work of Charles and Ray Eames, offering the most comprehensive presentation to date on the American designer couple. We spoke with curator Jolanthe Kugler.
The focal point of the exhibition sequence ‘An Eames Celebration’ on the Vitra Campus is the major retrospective “Charles & Ray Eames: The Power of Design”, which is on display in the main building of the Vitra Design Museum. In the Fire Station, a selection from the Eames’ cinematic oeuvre of more than 100 films is presented under the title “Ideas and Information: The Eames Films”. In the Vitra Design Museum Gallery, the exhibition “Play Parade: An Eames Exhibition for Children” invites visitors to discover and try out the many toys created by the husband-and-wife team. Finally, the Vitra Schaudepot features the exhibition “Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames”. Just in time for the 110th birthday of Charles Eames, the Eames Collection held by the Vitra Design Museum is also being introduced in its full scope. Along with production models, it encompasses a significant part of Charles and Ray Eames’ own furniture archive. These objects have been in the holdings of the Vitra Design Museum since 1988 and include a large portion of the prototypes and experimental models developed in the Eames Office.More information on the topic of Eames furniture is found in the "Eames Furniture Sourcebook", a new publication by the Vitra Design Museum, available in German and English editions from booksellers or directly from the VDM publishing house.