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The Eames Insitute of Infinite Curiosity opens to the public

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Anna Frattini

The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity, the archive of Charles and Ray Eames, is finally open to the public. It is a non-profit public charity with the goal – as stated on their website – of «providing everyone with the lessons of Ray and Charles Eames – the two revolutionary designers who helped shape modernity.» The Eames Archives – part of the Institute – are located in Richmond, California, and house over 40,000 items from the collection of the two designers.

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The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity

We have already discussed Charles and Ray Eames here, on the occasion of the launch of a limited series of Shell Chairs inspired by a moment of creativity that coincided with their encounter with Saul Steinberg. Llisa Demetrios – granddaughter of the two designers – is the chief curator of the Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity, and along with her team, she is advancing this project, now open to all. Among the 40,000 items preserved in the archive are the Molded Plywood Chairs, the highly recognizable soft leather chaise lounges, and even the multicolored storage units. The space is a true container of the memory of the two American designers.

 
 
 
 
 
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Charles e Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames married in 1941 and moved to Los Angeles, where they began working to create comfortable chairs at an affordable price with the help of plywood. Already in 1946, they exhibited their experimental furniture designs at MoMA, and subsequently, Herman Miller began producing their furniture. During this period, the Eames House was also built, followed by their great international success. In 1957, Vitra obtained permission to produce the Eames couple’s designs in Europe, and the partnership with the Swiss brand solidified, becoming an integral part of the company’s spirit. After Charles’s death in 1978 and Ray’s death in 1988, their legacy remained in the hands of the family, who continued to maintain relationships with Vitra and Herman Miller.

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