It’s hard to associate a greater pair of mid-century modern furniture and architecture designers than Ray and Charles Eames. Throughout the course of their iconic careers, the husband and wife duo designed some of the most iconic chairs and houses ever. The creations that came out of the Eames Office had a foundation that focused on the goal of “positively impacting people’s lives and environments.” 80 years after the creation of their legendary studio, the Eames Office will present a curated selling exhibition of some of their most famous works at Isetan’s gallery for modern and contemporary design in Japan.
Located in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo, the selling exhibition will explore three aspects of the Eames Office’s seminal legacy: Art and Technology, Architecture and Interiors, and the design philosophy that inspired people to Play & Learn. At the entrance of the selling exhibition is a 19.5 foot-long timeline that shows off the art, architecture, furniture, textiles, film, toys, books, exhibitions, and collaborations by the Eames Office across its 80-year legacy. Like the exhibition, the timeline is also broken into three, major parts: Charles and Ray’s life and work together, Ray’s work after Charles’ death, and the studio’s ongoing work through to today. The exhibition will also feature collaborations with historic partners such as Herman Miller, Vitra, and Ravensburger, and newer, more contemporary partners like Globe, Reebok, and Art of Play. Moreover, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition pieces that helped launch the Eames Office into cultural relevance. These five iconic pieces include the 1946 LCW Plywood Chair, the 1950 LAR Fiberglass Chair, the 1954 Sofa Compact (in a special edition duotone fabric), the iconic 1956 Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, and the 1960 Time-Life, which comes in an exclusive red-stained ash.
The exhibition, which runs from now until January 5, 2022, also features a 1:12 scale model of Modular House #1, the Eucalyptus Skateboard Deck, and many more iconic pieces of the Eames product line. Select pieces can be purchased through the Isetan shop, which is exclusive to Japan but offers worldwide shipping.