Essential Eames – A Herman Miller Exhibition at ArtScience Museum


And I thought it is just an exhibition that just share about chairs. Ever went to furniture exhibition years ago, but it’s more on futuristic design concept furniture… Yes. This was my expectations. “Maybe I can get an idea or two for my future new house”, I even naively told others.

But this exhibition is totally different from my expectations.

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

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.

The chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames don’t have the fanciest design like I expected. Instead they look like the chairs I saw at random restaurants or office. What makes them so different from others? Seriously I wasn’t very impressed when I first see the chairs on showcase, but as Mr. Eames Demetrios shares, I beginning to see the picture…

Opps. Wrong “picture” displayed 😛

Mr. Eames Demetrios shared with us on Charles and Ray Eames’ design process which I actually thought, is insightful. They do not design for the sake of impressing the public, but for the person who is using the product.

Diagram of the design process with an emphasis on the designer-clien relationship

Eames also made mistakes.
I won’t elaborate much on this; you shall be able to learn that from Mr. Eames Demetrios’ guided tour. 😉 But I feel it is very inspiring, yes, no one is born genius.

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.

  • 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:

Blog Post & Photo Credit: Chai Chok Fern