I went to the inauguration of the exhibition Eames by Vitra, installed in the Music Room of the former courthouse in Piazza San Firenze in Florence, on view through July 13, 2013, dedicated to the great world of design created by Charles & Ray Eames and their work produced by Vitra.
The work of Charles & Ray Eames, which is distinguished by excellent quality and variety of productions, has its apex in the design of furnishing products. The Eames’ famous and innovative projects in this area have long become design classics and even after decades are appreciated for their timely and modernity. There are many lessons to be learned from the creative design approach the American couple used and their works has a huge value in the design world.
The exhibition is dedicated to the furniture and objects that are most representative of Charles & Ray Eames, and begins with the wartime designs – Leg Splint 1943, Plywood Group and Children’s Chair, 1945, up to work such as the Soft Pad Chaise in 1968 and the Soft Pad Group 1969, going inevitably to the famous Lounge Chair & Ottoman, 1956, the undisputed icon of the evergreen world design. The display is reinforced with textual and historical illustrations. Information on the history of design and construction details, as well as the design of the exhibits are available.
The displays are well done, as expected by design fabricators Vitra. Its refreshing to see the former courthouse being used as a temporary museum hosting a free modern design exhibit, and the works contrast well with the interior of the building. I especially loved how the Wire Chair is positioned facing the gated (jail) seating of the courthouse.
June 14 > July 13, 2013
Opens June 14 at 7pm
Former Courthouse – Music Room
Piazza San Firenze – Florence
The exhibition is free and will remain open until July 13, 2013 during the following times:
Monday > Friday 10am – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm
For more info: ADI Toscana