The Barbican Centre, in the City of London, is an extensive postwar development of 1955–82 by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon comprising high-rise residential towers, low-rise apartments, a major theater, cinemas, and an art gallery, all robustly executed in exposed-aggregate concrete and purple-brown brick and tile. It is very good of its kind, but it is the antithesis of anything one might associate with the delicate, colorful world of Charles and Ray Eames.

In the same space where the Barbican Art Gallery's curator Catherine Ince presented the exhibition Bauhaus: Art as Life in 2012, she attempted, for The World of Charles and Ray Eames, to imbue the heavy,...

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