Play Parade. An Eames Show for Kids

9 Sep 2017 – 11 Feb 2018

Vitra Design Museum

Weil Am Rhein, Germany


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»Take your pleasure seriously!« This motto of Charles Eames forms the starting point for the exhibition »Play Parade« at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery.


It is the first exhibition project by the Vitra Design Museum that has been conceived especially for children and families. In a spatial installation full of fascinating shapes and rich colours, visitors can discover and experience Charles and Ray Eames’s understanding of toys as a precursor to great ideas.

»Play Parade« is a hybrid world of fantasy and museum: the installation shows how the Eameses gave expression to their endless supply of ideas by designing, collecting and displaying all kinds of objects. Colourfully patterned paper kites and graphically striking masks from the Eameses’ toy collection serve as a backdrop for their own toy designs from the 1950s. Original artefacts can be viewed in showcases, while visitors are invited to touch and play with replicas and re-editions. Early Eames films such as »Tops« or »Parade«, featuring a choreography of spinning tops or a series of dolls and toy vehicles parading in front of painted scenery, set the exhibited objects in motion.


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