131008: WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse: Furniture by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra

WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse: Furniture by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra The best for the least Part of the fascination for Charles and Ray Eames work has a lot to do with their personalities. An advertisement shows Charles grinning mischievously while he is checking details of a cast piece of aluminum, and Ray sitting on a couch designed by her for Billy Wilder, holding her great grandson in her arms, and laughing exuberantly. They always presented their newest furniture designs on US television without any inhibitions whatsoever. All photos and films showing Charles and Ray Eames transmit their never-ending childish happiness about the richness and diversity of the world. Their attitude resulted in the creation of extremely well thought-out products made with great perfection and astounding timelessness. The pieces of the so-called Aluminum Group created 50 years ago are as fresh today as they were back then. “Take pleasure seriously” was one of the Eames’ mottos and they were convinced that any rigid stylistic determination impedes the search for a simple solution – be it for any task. Their boundless pleasure for well-designed products is communicated by the PSK exhibit. Vitra International’s product range of Eames designs is jointly presented with numerous prototypes from the Vitra Design Museum. Visitors are invited to sit on the La Fonda Chairs, originally designed in 1961 and now reintroduced on the market. However, Vitra does not respect the Eames motto: “the most of the best to the greatest number of people for the least” - the majority of the Eames furniture, which are doubtlessly among the best the 20th century has to offer, is simply not affordable for members of the normal academic precarity. WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse 1018 Vienna, Georg-Coch-Platz 2, until 25. 10. 2008 www.ottowagner.com

WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse der BAWAG P.S.K.
1018 Wien, Georg-Coch-PLatz 2
Email: m.pasterk@signa.at
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