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The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Catherine Ince


A critically acclaimed survey of the work and legacy of the pioneering design duo


Charles (1907–1978) and Ray (1912–1988) Eames are among the most important designers of the 20th century, and the story of the Eames Office is that of visual and material culture in the post-war modern period. The World of Charles and Ray Eames charts the history of their inspiring and prolific world and brings together key works and ideas explored at the Eames Office throughout its extraordinary history.

This definitive monograph explores the era-defining work of the Eames Office, a ‘laboratory’ active for over four decades, where the Eameses and their collaborators produced a vast array of pioneering and influential projects – from architecture, furniture and product design to film, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for arts education. Themes include ‘The Eames Office: Life in Work’, ‘At Home with the Eameses’, ‘Information Machines’, ‘The Seeing Eye’, ‘Office USA: Communicating “America” at Home and Abroad’, and ‘The Art of Living’.

Alongside specially commissioned texts by leading design experts, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes contemporaneous reviews and magazine articles, writings by Charles and Ray Eames themselves, personal correspondence and a comprehensive reference section.

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'A revelatory portrait of a hugely influential postwar creative duo'
Sunday Times

'A great resource'
Creative Review


'This weighty tome explores the era-defining work of [Charles and Ray Eames]'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 32.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 23 August 2018

ISBN: 9780500294628

Contents List

Foreword • 1. Life in Work • 2. At Home with the Eameses • 3. Art of Living • 4. Celebration as a Human Need • 5. Sample Lessons • 6. Information Machines

About the Author

Catherine Ince is Chief Curator, V&A East, Victoria and Albert Museum. She previously worked at the Barbican Art Gallery, where she curated ‘The World of Charles and Ray Eames’ (2015) and ‘Bauhaus: Art As Life’ (2012).

List of Contributors

Lotte Johnson