MoMA DESIGN STORE LAUNCHES COLLABORATION WITH EAMES OFFICE
In celebration of The Museum of Modern Art’s long-established history with Charles and Ray Eames, whose groundbreaking designs have been showcased in numerous MoMA exhibitions since the 1940s and are represented in the Museum’s collection, MoMA Design Store is excited to announce a pop-up with Eames Office which will unveil a selection of authentic, limited edition and exclusive products online and in its New York City store locations this Fall. The full assortment of products will be available to shop in-store and online starting Sept. 7 through Oct. 30.
Since its inception in 1929, MoMA has been committed to discovering and championing visionary designers and artists whose work is original and long-lasting in influence — true pioneers who can combine a love of design with practicality and innovation. Shortly after the Museum’s founding, it began collecting and exhibiting design in 1932 when MoMA became the first institution to develop a department dedicated to architecture and design.
The husband and wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames have been pioneers that have defined this combination ever since the founding of Eames Office. Beginning in 1941, the designers forged an enduring and experimental relationship with MoMA, participating in a series of eight landmark exhibitions and competitions. Notable exhibitions include the 1946 Plywood Exhibition and the 1948 International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture which saw the debut of the now-iconic Molded Shell Chair and La Chaise.
“As pioneers of modern design, the revolutionary contributions of Charles and Ray Eames will always be recognized by MoMA,” said Paul Galloway of the Architecture and Design department at The Museum of Modern Art. “Our series of exhibitions and competitions boosted the careers of young designers such as the Eameses, enriching mid-century American design with new voices. The Organic Chair was a catalyst for the Eames’ future designs such as the Molded Shell Chairs, La Chaise and Plywood Group LCW that would be showcased in MoMA exhibitions in the years to come, and we’re proud to have these and many other works by Charles and Ray represented in our collection to honor their legacy.”
To commemorate the shared history, MoMA Design Store will exclusively launch numerous exclusive and limited-edition items based on the work of Charles and Ray Eames, including vintage objects and re-editions of classic works, as well as new products that range across furniture, decor, cameras and film, toys and games, and more.
“The Eames’ relationship with MoMA has spanned generations, celebrating the indelible impact of Charles and Ray’s groundbreaking and exploratory designs. The Eames Office is honored to partner with MoMA Design Store for this special pop-up that brings Charles and Ray’s work to life through a new lens,” said Eames Demetrios, Director of Eames Office. “We are excited for audiences old and new to have the opportunity to experience Eames products in a new context, in the spirit of exploration and play.”
MoMA-Exclusive product introductions include the Herman Miller Hang-It-All in a red and light blue color combination, a debut timed to the design’s 70th anniversary, and a version of the Plywood Group LCW in the golden yellow colorway originally shown in the 1946 MoMA exhibition, New Furniture by Charles Eames. Limited Edition Dot Pattern Skateboard Decks from Globe and a facsimile reprint of Eames La Chaise 1948 MoMA Competition Entry Panels will also be unveiled, alongside a refurbished 1970’s original Eames SX-70 Polaroid Camera, Eames Quote Pencils and Notebooks from Blackwing, and the 1952 Eames The Little Toy which has been reissued for the pop-up. Products by Vitra, Art of Play, and Ravensburger, together with vintage objects and exhibition posters complete the range of Eames Office at MoMA Design Store.
“Bringing Good Design into people’s lives continues to be our mission at MoMA Design Store,” said Emmanuel Plat, Director of Merchandising, MoMA Retail. “The Eames Office pop-up is an opportunity to share Charles and Ray’s story with our customers, and establish a deeper connection with the Museum through a curator-approved assortment that epitomizes modern design.”
Shop the MoMA-Exclusives and other customer favorites a part of Eames Office from Sept. 7 through Oct. 30 in-store at Soho and Midtown and online.
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