Winter 1998

Designers with a life to match

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames

Design Museum, London<br>18 September 1998-4 January 1999


Whitechapel and Photographers’ Gallery, London<br>11 September-22 November 1998

Balla and Futurist Italy

Estorick Gallery, London<br>9 September-13 December 1998

I was cautious about the Eames show at the Design Museum – it seemed to have the ‘toys for boys’ potential that can plague this institution. But the show, a travelling exhibition organised by the Library of Congress and Vitra Design Museum, was excellent, though surprisingly short on furniture. The show is a timely reminder of what design can offer life when it is approached with openess and enthusiasm without crippling strictures of irony…

First published in Eye no. 30 vol 8, 1998

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