An Eames Institute Pop-Up Museum Is Open in NYC

published May 19, 2022
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As part of the NYCxDesign festival, the Eames Institute opened its first-ever pop-up museum at the Herman Miller Flagship store. Herman Miller, which manufactures the iconic Eames Chair and Ottoman, currently has bits and pieces from Charles and Ray Eames’ personal collection on display including furniture sketches, notes, polaroid photos, and toys. 

“For @nycxdesign, we are offering a window into the @eamesinstitute of Infinite Curiosity — where the lessons Ray and Charles Eames left us through their body of work, and more importantly, how they approached that work, are brought to life for the next generation of curious problem-solvers,” an Instagram caption from Herman Miller reads. 

Until May 22, the Herman Miller windows will be decorated with displays inspired by the collection, lent to them by the Eames family, “which all focus on the Eameses’ design philosophy and craft — through the lens of molded plywood, Eames Aluminum Group, and the designers’ legendary graphics.” The displays were created by Brooklyn-based design firm Standard Issue Design.

The Eames Institute is organizing and documenting the collection of small objects with the goal of displaying them all together in the near future. When pulled together, the objects show how Charles and Ray conceptualized and designed their iconic pieces as well as those designs that never made it to the manufacturing process.

The collection even features minute objects like a luggage tag and an address list of clients Ray Eames visited while in New York.

The pop-up museum will be open to the public until May 22 at the Herman Miller Flagship on Park Avenue South in Manhattan.