As part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles is hosting Eames Designs: The Guest-Host Relationship through February 20, 2012. The closing date is approaching and if you haven't been to this exhibit, go now. Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important designers of the 21rst century, having worked together to transform the landscape of architecture and furniture design through technological and design innovations.
"The role of the designer," said Charles Eames, "is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests." Sharing their thoughts on art, life, and design, the words of Charles and Ray Eames are found throughout the museum in a typographic display. Alongside the quotes are numerous common objects including a loaf of bread, scissors, and a table set up with some of Ray Eames' favorite things. Their words are like a meditation on the many facets of art and design -- from soup as a better representation of a country's culture than any museum, to the importance of artistic constraints -- the words of Eames take center stage, their effect amplified by the use of slide shows, film, and furniture pieces.
For Charles and Ray the purpose of designing the lounge chair was to provide comfort, just as the specific place setting of the table and the details surrounding a dinner were also considered and performed with the guest in mind.
The world of Eames was full of details that could be arranged to create something effortlessly pleasurable. From hanging tumbleweed from the ceiling of their Pacific Palisades home to giving flowers to dinner party guests as dessert, they transformed the mundane into something subtlety satisfying. The union of Charles and Ray was the perfect meeting of two creative minds, the marriage of their ideas leading to artistic innovation and powerful design influence. Their work was infused with elements of their personalities and design beliefs, and simple details seamlessly came together to alter the experience of those who entered their world. Visitors of the exhibit will leave with a different outlook on the space around them and will perhaps consider the magic within the details.
Eames Designs: The Guest-Host Relationship closes on February 20, 2012.
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