The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity OpensAuthor:Abigail Stone
The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity brings the Eames’ unique approach to problem-solving to the challenges of modern life
Even those who know nothing about design are familiar with the work of Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic duo whose innovative and timeless work changed the face of design. Equally important is their unique approach to problem-solving. Their experiments in molded plywood and fiberglass, for example, would not only form the basis of some of their most well-known pieces but herald a new direction in furniture production.
After their deaths, the Eames family safeguarded the designers’ legacy by preserving the contents of the original Eames Office at 901 Washington Boulevard in Venice, CA. It included tens of thousands of objects, ranging from handmade prototypes and furniture components. While some of the files, films, and photographs went to the Library of Congress, the rest were retained by the family.
Using this remarkable body of work as a jumping off point, curator (and the couple’s granddaughter) Llisa Demetrios, designer and entrepreneur Joe Gebbia and CEO John Cary have formed the Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity, a new nonprofit organization that aims to bring the lessons forged by the couple’s fertile partnership to those looking to solve today’s most challenging issues.
Believing that there are infinite lessons in their methodology, the Institute plans to equip curious problem solvers, through archival exhibitions, diverse storytelling, live events and other programming, with the inspiration and tools to tackle today’s challenges. The Institute will open with three exhibitions available to view on its website: “Before They were Eameses,” “Plywood During the War,” and “Form Follows Formation”.
“Being able to share the legacy of Ray and Charles in this way, to showcase their incredible process and wide-angled vision of design, is the dream of a lifetime,” explains Demetrios. “I hope the Institute’s efforts will help people find inspiration for solving problems in their own world.”
Begin your inspirational journey on the Institute’s website by clicking here.
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