Charles & Ray Eames in Singapore: Essential Eames

Charles & Ray Eames: Of course you know their designs by heart – they’re absolute design royalty, so to speak. And you wonder if this exhibition – held at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands until January – is worth visiting? “Essential Eames” (“A Herman Miller exhibition”, says the baseline, leaving but few doubts about the promotional aspect of the event) was set up with the help of the designers’ grandson, Eames Demetrios. And it shows (or so I liked to think) in the intimate dimension of the exhibition; a wide array of photographs, an almost too-sweet-to-be-true proposal letter from Charles Eames, a design professor at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, to Miss Bernice (AKA “Ray”) Kaiser, a glamorous shot of Charles Eames – a James Bond look-alike – and Eero Saarinen in tuxedos (1940) are among the highlights. How they et & matched, their design process, the objects, the houses (real ones, and of cards), the propaganda “Glimpses of America” movie… Yes, everything is to be found here. Somehow, though, haven’t we already seen and heard a bit too much? No real surprise there. What would have been really exciting? A “cross-exhibition” with their British alter egos, Robin & Lucienne Day. THAT would be something (sigh… but check the pictures after the jump anyway).

Dashing young men, indeed…

If you’re still “singel”, read the letter. It proved efficient.

ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


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