Photographic exhibition: Eames and Hollywood

Eames and Hollywood offers a novel glimpse into the world of Charles and Ray Eames, peeling away more layers to help us understand this dynamic duo’s very unique creative minds. The exhibition at ADAM in Brussels features 240 previously unseen photographs taken by Charles Eames on the sets of some of his friend the director Billy Wilder’s most memorable films between 1951 and 1970.

They form part of Movie Sets, a collection discovered some years ago by the exhibition’s curator Alexandra Midal. For this exhibition she works closely with the Eames Foundation to bring these photographs to life.

Eames ones said: ‘You don’t go to watch Billy shoot to learn how to make a picture, but to learn how to write an editorial, how to make a chair, how to make a piece of furniture.’

He explored the world of the movies not through the glamour of the movie stars – here there is just one such image, a touching glimpse of Audrey Hepburn on the set of Sabrina, captured as if through the peephole.

Instead Eames favoured the technicians, the extras, the costume people and make-up artists, the machinery and various apparatus. Experiencing the movie set, he said, helped inform his other creative work.

On view until 4 September. Visit the Art & Design Atomium Museum for more information.

Read our previous articles on Eames including the recent Barbican exhibition here.

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Herzog de Meuron’s Swiss adventure

Herzog de Meuron’s Vitra Haus is the perfect addition to Vitra’s celebrated campus in the sleepy town of Weil-am-Rhein. The town, known locally as Stuhl Stadt (Chair City), is most well known for its factories producing some of the world’s most celebrated furniture design from Charles & Ray Eames, Maarten van Severen and Verner Panton, among others.

 

Vitra Haus, which opened earlier this year to much critical acclaim, was built on the concept of a giant display case for all the beautiful interior design produced here. The structure itself is made of 12 individual buildings, sitting atop one another at jaunty angles, each shaped like an elongated Monopoly house.

Upon entering you are ushered straight to the top (fifth) floor, where you start to see just how well this building works its functions. The display rooms are ight and airy, giving ceiling to floor views of the surrounding countryside, and you are free to sit, bounce and play on the furniture. Vitra have really got the balance of museum and showroom right here.

Working your way down through the various levels and rooms is a joy, with every display window giving new vistas. You can even see out over the factory buildings, where the most famous is Zaha Hadid’s first structure – the fire station. Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw and SANAA have designed the rest, all warranting a visit in their own right.

Guest blogger Andrea Klettner

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