A series of talks exploring some of architecture’s biggest influencers and agitators. In the second talk, Catherine Slessor, writer, journalist and former editor of The Architectural Review, presents Charles and Ray Eames.

The Eames flitted promiscuously across disciplines as the painters who didn’t paint and the architects who didn’t build. Professional and real-life partners, they were America’s mid-century modern sweethearts, experimenting with furniture, graphics, architecture and cinema. Catherine Slessor explains how the Eameses rethought the relationship between design and society and in doing so changed the way we see the world.

About the series

The Reputations talks series is a collaboration between Sir John Soane's Museum and The Architectural Review in which speakers present portraits of architecture's biggest influencers and agitators – including both familiar and lesser known names. Far from hagiography, speakers will offer assessments that are clear and candid, and which together offer broader reflections on the possibilities and limits of individual agency.

Book your tickets

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access isn't straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on admin@soane.org.uk or 020 7405 2107.

Illustration by ​Sara Andreasson


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Event Info

18 Oct 2017

19:00 - 20:00


£10 / £5 students