Fibonacci: Growth and Form



Charles and Ray’s genuine interest in science and mathematics continually surfaced in their work; in fact, they integrated these themes into a series of commissioned IBM exhibitions that also celebrated seasonal holidays.

The Eames Office organized Fibonacci in honor of spring and the mathematical patterns inherent in new growth, as demonstrated by Leonardo Fibonacci’s numerical sequence.  (The sequence states that each succeeding number is the sum of the two numbers immediately preceding it.  This relates to the “golden section,” a nineteenth-century term for an “ideal” geometric proportion.)   

Fibonacci included text, diagrams, and photographs of plant life taken by Charles, Ray, and Eames Office staff members.  In addition, clusters of lush flowers and potted plants filled the exhibition space.

Fibonacci opened in 1971 at the IBM Corporate Exhibit Center in New York City, and later traveled to other institutions nationwide.