Eames Lounge 50th Birthday! Posted July 27, 2006 by Daniel Ostroff
Eames Lounge 50th Birthday!
Living Edge is proud to commence celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the mid 20th Century’s most iconic pieces of furniture, the Eames Lounge & Ottoman,by presenting an Eames exhibition with Herman Miller and the National Design Centre. The exhibition, created by Eames Office will be the centerpiece of this year’s Melbourne Design Festival and will celebrate not only this classic piece of furniture but also Ray and Charles’ contribution to design and society as a whole.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is Edition # 1 of the Eames Lounge and Ottoman in a striking and richly grained veneer called Santos Palisander, a sustainably sourced tropical wood from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests. Visitors will be treated to new films showing how this beautiful chair is made and will also be able to view examples of this prolific husband and wife design teams work in architecture, photography and film.
The exhibition looks at their design processes, with other examples of their design work, from the mid to late 1900s. Eames Demetrios, grandson of Charles and Ray Eames will launch the exhibition and present lectures and films throughout the two-week festival. Eames will focus on the sustainable methods used in the Eames’ design practices. Carla Hartman, the Eames’ granddaughter will lead a series of educational workshops called Chair Camps.
Students will work with Carla to design and create their own chair models, which will also form part of the exhibition.
In addition she will lead a ‘looking’ class, taking students through the Eames exhibition, offering insights and another perspective so that the students can see the exhibition in different ways.
The exhibition will run from July 6th-16th at BMW Edge, Federation Square. For details on workshop, lecture and film times please visit www.nationaldesigncentre.com