Democratising Knowledge – Charles and Ray Eames

Architecture

Reflections on Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition at the Barbican Centre, London

Charles and Ray Eames encouraged a way of thinking that shifted the focus from economic gain to creative and intellectual gain. They wanted to encourage a pooling and sharing of knowledge and envisaged a more open world where people weren’t possessive of ideas and would readily try their hand at anything. By seeing everything is a creative influence, then they prompt us to question what we would consider ‘wasted time’. All of these are lessons that remain relatively sidelined today at a time when more than ever, we could really do with taking them on board.