Launch of the Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity
A new project called the Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity has been launched, supported by Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia and led by President and CEO John Cary and Chief Curator Llisa Demetrios, granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames.
Eames Institute was founded with the mission to share the lessons and legacy of the legendary Eames couple who brought transformative ideas to the fields of furniture design, architecture and film that serve as the basis for many objects and innovations today. Ray and Charles are best known for their ergonomic chair designs, the most infamous being the classic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman.
The Institute aims to shed light on Ray and Charles’ approach to solving problems through design, exploring how these concepts can be applied to today’s challenges across all disciplines.
“I learned so much living here with my mother for twenty years, and I could see the wonder on people’s faces when they experienced this material first hand,” says Llisa Demetrios. “With the Institute and our new website, it’s so exciting to think of how many more people will be able to share this experience, and that my grandparents’ legacy is evolving in surprising and delicious new directions.”
“We created the Eames Institute because we want you to examine the archive of what you know – the collection of your experiences, your understandings, your memories and your questions – and connect with the challenges that challenge you. are calling,” Cary added. “We want you to tap into that same source of relentless curiosity and its power to change your perception and open you up to innovation and discovery.”
The Eames Institute is based at the Ray and Charles’ Ranch in Petaluma, California, which served as the designers’ living farm, residence and artist’s studio, and now continues to fulfill these functions while also serving as a archive for tens of thousands of prototypes, designs and materials that are shown to the public for the first time.
Beyond the physical ranch, the Institute also hosts virtual exhibits and an online magazine named Kasam! which can be found on the Eames Institute website.
Elsewhere in design, Hollaway Studio is opening the world’s first multi-story skatepark.