Open Eyes //

still modern

The VITRA Museum in Weil am Rhein is one of the leading design museums worldwide and is not a classical museum. Here, the history and present of design is researched and communicated and its relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture is established.

Just what we were looking for, we thought, and without further ado, drove to Weil am Rhein on Sunday to view the current exhibition on the life's work of the designer couple Charles and Ray Eames.

After all, the two are among the most important designers of the 20th century. With their furniture, films, books, exhibitions and media installations, they influence generations of designers and continue to shape our everyday culture today. I'm sure that everyone has walked past or sat on their Plastic Chair at some time or another. How did this chair come about? It all began during the Second World War, when the couple developed leg splints made of three-dimensionally moulded plywood panels on behalf of the US government. From the technique of bending plywood under steam they derived various furniture designs – including the now world-famous Lounge Chair.

After a super delicious breakfast, we explore films, furniture and exhibitions. Dive into the world created by Charles and Ray Eames and see the first designs of their world-famous chairs. But we also get an insight into their self-designed house in California. We are especially impressed by the fact that their designs from back then still look very modern today – simply amazing! It's great that they still influence the design world with their work!

Thank you very much for this beautiful and inspiring day!