Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition will open at the Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum from 29th Jun 2013 till 5th Jan 2014. Based on An Eames Primer by Eames Demetrios, the exhibition traces the lives and works of the most famous couple in design – Charles and Ray Eames. Co-presented by ArtScience Museum and Herman Miller in collaboration with the Eames Office, Essential Eames will showcase 100 pieces of rare and never-before-seen works and images from the Eames’ family collection, The Eames Office, and Herman Miller archives.

I was invited to the media preview of Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition, Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition.

Before attending the event, I have the misconception that:

  1. This will probably be an furniture exhibition which showcase the creation of Charles and Ray Eames.
  2. Award designs == design that are nice to look at but usually not practical T__T
Wrong! 不对!ちがう!

This exhibition is about these (let my photos do the talking):

Interesting quotes spotted at the ceiling at the entrance!
In fact, there are a lot of pleasant surprise “UP there” in the various galleries! ^_^ 

It’s not about the furniture, it’s about life, Charles and Ray Eames’ life.
I can’t help but giggle when I saw the proposal letter 🙂

Interesting quotes – simple. direct. humble.
All educators will be well aware on the importance of play…
and ehh I believe the toys and games Charles Eames mentioned are not referring to the electronics toys and games. 🙂

Diagram of design process by Charles Eames

I love these batch of installations hanging on top of the gallery 🙂

Can you see the markings? Those are indicators on which part of the chair to work on.

I love this Nelson Marshmallow Sofa! Wish I can have one for my future home

Guess what Charles and Ray Eames collect? Mr. Eames Demetrios, the couple’s grandson, shares with you…

Have fun taking photos with the famous Charles and Ray Eames couple 😛

I will strongly recommend you to attend this coming weekend’s exhibition so you can catch Mr. Eames Demetrios’ guided tour – I feel that I learnt and see a lot more with his guided tour.

29th Jun 2013 Sat
– 11:30am, 5:30pm

30th Jun 2013 Sun
– 11:30am, 5:30pm

Curator’s Guided Tour
Mr. Eames Demetrios will be leading visitors through the exhibition, revealing fascinating fact about the life and design philosophy of his grandparents – Charles and Ray Eames.
29th Jun 2013 Sat
– 1:30-3:30pm
Curator’s Talk
Surrending to the Journey: The Many Designs of Charles of Charles and Ray Eames
Mr. Eames Demetrios will be talking about the Eames design philosophy, learning design backwards, and the treasures brought specially to Singapore.

Other interesting highlights

  • Material Trail
    Charles and Ray Eames use different materials in their creation to help change how people see, feel, touch and experience things in their daily lives. Visitor can collect the rubbings of six different materials in the galleries.
  • Mini Furniture Create
    Visitors can create their own small-scale furniture piece to take home. This activities will provide participants with the opportunity to utilised many of the materials on display in the exhibition and explore their own creativities in the process.
    They even give Hama beads and felts as part of the raw materials to build the furniture… 

  • Playing with masks
    In the spirit of Charles and Ray Eames’ love of play and character. Visitors can decorate their own character mask to bring home.

Essential Eames: A Herman Miller Exhibition
Date: 29th Jun 2013 – 5th Jan 2014
Operating Hours: 10:00AM to 10:00PM (Last admission at 9.00PM)
Venue: Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands

Tickets Price

  • Adult – SGD$14.00
  • Senior Citizen (65 yrs & above) – SGD$13.00
  • Child (2-12 years) – SGD$8.00

Tickets are available from Sistic or at the museum, for more ticketing info, please check out: http://www.marinabaysands.com/Singapore-Museum/Ticketing/