Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles, California

Eames Words: Pacific Standard Time 2011/12

Exhibit Design

Charles and Ray Eames inspired us to appreciate the world by honoring “the uncommon beauty of common things.” This exhibit uses quotes by the Eames to focus on the lesser-known aspects of their lives, revealing their appreciation of the value of humble objects and useful tools. Their insights about the simple pleasures of daily life are illustrated with objects and materials available during their lifetimes and contemporary examples from the world around us. The intent of the ‘Eames Words’ exhibition was to allow the guest the opportunity to ‘take in’ the philosophy, and ideas of Charles and Ray Eames while at the same time being surrounded by the everyday items that inspired them. The glass facade of the museum features the word EAMES in 8ft high three-dimensional black letterforms. Visitors enter through doors featuring the letters A and S; the letter M extends onto the pavement outside, while both the letter Es extrude into the museum space – creating three 18ft long display units.

collaborators Andrew Byrom, (M) Arch.

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