An Eames Celebration

An Eames Celebration

30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018

Museum, Gallery, Schaudepot, Fire Station

Charles and Ray Eames are counted among the most important designers of the 20th century. With their furniture, films, books, exhibitions and media installations, they have influenced generations of designers and continue to shape our everyday culture. No other name in design so clearly represents technical perfection and a timeless aesthetic, and none is more closely associated with the exuberant start-up culture on the American west coast during the post-war era, in which the Eameses played a prominent role. From 30 September 2017 to 25 February 2018, the Vitra Design Museum will present »An Eames Celebration« – four parallel exhibitions that offer an unprecedented view of the work created by the legendary designer couple. More

Museum: Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design
Gallery: Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids
Schaudepot: Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames
Fire Station: Ideas and Information. The Eames Films

The exhibition »Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design« is curated and organized by Barbican Centre, London, in collaboration with Eames Office and supported by Terra Foundation.

An Eames Celebration

Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames

Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames

30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018

Schaudepot

How were the furniture designs of Charles and Ray Eames actually created? The exhibition in the Schaudepot answers this question by presenting study models, experimental objects and prototypes. »Kazam!« puts a focus on the large collection of production pieces and furniture experiments from the Eames Office that entered the holdings of the Vitra Design Museum in 1988, along with later additions. Today the Vitra Design Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of Eames objects, including iconic pieces like the Eames Lounge Chair, the sculptural seating object La Chaise, or vintage production models made of plywood, plastic, aluminium or wire. Based on selected furniture models, the exhibition illustrates the development work of Charles and Ray Eames and shows how they repeatedly achieved new, groundbreaking solutions. One such solution is referred to in the unusual title of the exhibition: during the late 1940s, the couple constructed a machine in the kitchen of their Los Angeles apartment that could be used to mould plywood into three-dimensional shapes – the word »kazam!« was their imitation of the ear-splitting sound made by the machine. More

Kazam! The Furniture Experiments of Charles & Ray Eames

Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids

Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids

09.09.2017 – 11.02.2018

Gallery

»Take your pleasure seriously!« This motto by Charles Eames is the starting point for the exhibition »Play Parade« in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery. It presents toys, short films and objects from the toy collection of Charles and Ray Eames in a spatial installation full of shapes and colours. The original objects are secured in display cases, but all kinds of replicas and re-editions are accessible for visitors to play with and explore. Such objects include »The Toy«, a construction set consisting of wooden dowels and colourful panels, animal masks, the famous »House of Cards«, and films that show a choreography of countless spinning tops or a happy parade of dolls and toy vehicles. The exhibition demonstrates how seriously Charles and Ray Eames regarded their work and experiments with toys, and how play can be an important source of creativity – as they proved best of all. More

Play Parade. An Eames Exhibition for Kids

Ideas and Information. The Eames Films

Ideas and Information. The Eames Films

30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018

Fire Station

The exhibition in the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid presents an extensive selection of films by Charles and Ray Eames, including works from the Library of Congress archives that are being shown for the first time. In addition to multimedia installations and exhibitions on technology and the natural sciences, the Eameses created more than 100 short films, whose production was a major focus of activity for the Eames Office from the 1960s onward. Initially using film as a means of communicating their works and design concepts, they soon discovered the medium as an ideal platform for disseminating knowledge at the interface of design, art, science and technology. The films allowed them to convey complex relationships in an entertaining and precise manner that appealed to a wide audience. With this exhibition, the cinematic oeuvre of the Eameses is given due recognition for the first time as a key part of their overall work. »Ideas and Information« highlights the significance of Charles and Ray Eames as pioneers of innovative media technologies and new forms of knowledge transmission. More

Ideas and Information. The Eames Films

Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design

Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design

30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018

Museum

Charles and Ray Eames are regarded as two of the most important figures in twentieth-century design and have influenced generations of designers across the globe. No other name in design is so closely associated with technical perfection and a timeless aesthetic – but also with the playful start-up culture of the American West Coast, which was strongly impacted by the Eameses. The major retrospective »Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design« offers a comprehensive overview of the work of this legendary designer couple, ranging from furniture and interiors to exhibitions, films and photographs, while also portraying their everyday work in the Eames Office in Venice, California. The show features a unique selection of original objects, drawings, sculptures, film installations and many other works that are being presented together for the first time. Presented in collaboration with the Barbican Centre, London and The Eames Office. More

Charles & Ray Eames. The Power of Design

Schaudepot: The Vitra Design Museum Collection

Schaudepot: The Vitra Design Museum Collection

Welcome to the history of furniture design! The Vitra Design Museum’s collection is one of the most significant design collections worldwide. It holds around 20,000 objects, including 7,000 pieces of furniture, over 1,000 lights as well as archives and estates of designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard. The Schaudepot makes this precious collection accessible to the public. Over 400 key pieces of furniture design from 1800 to the present day are on display on the ground floor of the main hall. Smaller temporary exhibitions present collectionrelated themes. Details on the items on show can be found in the digital catalogue. The basement provides a look at selected collection highlights such as the estate of Charles and Ray Eames. There you will also find the Schaudepot Lab, where you can learn more about materials, processes and prototypes. As a »transparent design museum«, the Schaudepot provides a comprehensive insight into the history of modern furniture. More

Schaudepot: The Vitra Design Museum Collection

Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities

Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities

Visitors can experience the Black Box exclusively as part of a public guided tour. Registration: info(at)design-museum.de, max. 10 participants.

The Vitra Campus has a new exhibition space: in one of the houses at the southern entrance, a Black Box has been installed which holds the collection of international toy robots belonging to Vitra Chairman Emeritus Rolf Fehlbaum. The presentation encompasses robots and figures of astronauts from the years 1937 to 1968. Many of them bear witness to the technological optimism of an age, when robotics and space travel were still largely fiction. Some of the selected objects are shown with the original packaging, which is often no less spectacular than the artefacts themselves. A number of the robots are seen in motion on video screens, while others are exhibited on turntable displays. The staging of the objects draws the viewer into a dark, minimalist dream world. The exhibition was conceived in collaboration with Fifo Stricker, Rolf Fehlbaum’s friend and fellow collector. Dieter Thiel designed the architecture of the Black Box, and the scenography was developed together with French designer Ronan Bouroullec. More

Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities

24 STOPS. Rehberger-Weg

24 STOPS. Rehberger-Weg

The Rehberger-Weg, which is around five kilometers long, links two countries, two municipalities, two cultural institutions – and countless stories. The path runs between Weil am Rhein and Riehen, between the Fondation Beyeler and the Vitra  Campus. Guided by «24 Stops», 24 waymarkers created by the artist Tobias Rehberger, walkers can explore a uniquely diverse natural and cultural landscape. The Rehberger-Weg and its waymarkers therefore provide an opportunity to get to know both the history and stories of the surroundings and its inhabitants and to tell them again, as well as encouraging an excursion into nature.

NEW: «24 Stops» shuttle service between the Vitra Campus and the Fondation Beyeler daily at 11 am & 3 pm, starting November 19th.

Departure point on the Vitra Campus: «Bell» by Tobias Rehberger. 6 Euros per person, children free. Pay (cash/debit or credit card) on the «24 Stops» shuttle. There is no minimum number of passengers.

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24 STOPS. Rehberger-Weg