The legacy of mid-century modern design’s dynamic duo Charles and Ray Eames is being celebrated by an exciting new exhibit at Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles. The exhibit – Mad About Mid-century: Tribute To Eames – comprises work from over twenty artists, commissioned by the gallery and inspired by the Eamses, and features bold prints, colorful paintings, and miniature models.
Located in a 2000 sq. ft. open gallery space in quaint downtown Alhambra, Gallery Nucleus caters to both local and international artists and audiences, offering an extensive collection of original contemporary, illustrated, graphic, commercial, and narrative art – all of which they’ve carefully catalogued on their website.
Here’s what the folks at Nucleus have to say about the Eames exhibit:
“The lives and work of Charles and Ray Eames have greatly influenced modern design philosophies and processes. Their iconic interiors, exteriors, products, furniture, informational exhibitions, and footprint on social changes in America’s twentieth century, make their legacy profoundly inspiring to explore.“
The 1940’s and 1950’s saw a revolution of form in America. Across all fields of design a new visual language took hold, centered around the idea that design is for living.
Two designers at the helm of this shift were husband-and-wife team Charles and Ray Eames, who not only designed some of the most iconic examples of 20th century furniture but defined a new, organic, emotionally expressive approach to design and lifestyle.
For several decades, Charles and Ray Eames shaped the visual character of daily life in America. The pair designed for the practical needs of ordinary people, and their influence seeped into every facet of the average American’s life, both at home and at work. They placed great value on simplicity and beautiful functionality, and they created a new look with their pioneering use of new materials and technologies. They revolutionized the “art of seating” with their molded fiberglass seats and bent plywood chair, which was dubbed “the chair of the century” by Time magazine. Today, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are regarded as quintessential modern classics.
The Eameses left an indelible influence on design in America, and this exhibit is a tribute collection to their timeless contributions. Take a look at some of the exhibited pieces below!