Eames at the Barbican / by Aeroplane

Some inspiring characters come and go, and some last forever. Charles and Ray Eames are evidently the second. Pioneers of plastic and fibreglass moulding or exposing the benefits of shaping plywood for helping wounded soldiers avoid gangrene; the pair were a dynamic team who developed our modern perception of design and architecture and helped craft a better future for us all. We won't go into too many details as the exhibition presently on at the Barbican does a far better job. For more information visit the Barbican website. > www.barbican.org.uk

In the meantime, here is a selection of inspirational quotes and a video from the designing duo:

“The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead.” ― Charles Eames

“Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world.” — Charles Eames

“What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.” — Ray Eames