An Eames Exhibition for Children
Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein
9 September 2017 – 11 February 2018
On 9 September, the Vitra Design Museum is launching its first exhibition specially designed for children. At the centre is the artistic exploration undertaken by Charles and Ray Eames with play as a creative activity.
“Take your pleasure seriously!” was Charles Eames’ guiding principle which also became the starting position for the “Play Parade”. Charles and Ray Eames saw toys on an equal footing with everyday objects, so they should not be designed with less care than furniture or other products used every day. Built as a large and colourful room installation, the exhibition represents a world of fantasy which also displays elements of traditional museum design. Original designs and prototypes are presented in display cases, but reconstructions and re-editions can also be engaged with directly through playing with them. Visitors can build aeroplanes, towers, houses, tents and many other things with The Toy. This building set is made up of colourful, geometric surfaces and poles which can be assembled to make large constructions. The early short films “Tops” and “Parade” show how toys from the 1950s can transfix viewers.
On 1 October, the Design Museum invites visitors to its Family Day entitled “Serious Play”. Families can join in with lots of hands-on activities, a treasure hund, special tours around the campus and a big kite flying venture.