Thursday, 4 February 2016

Barbican, Eames and Bonfire Burgers


A bit of a different scene to my last blog post! After Saturday's glorious sunshine and countryside Sunday was rainy and miserable, but James and I forced ourselves out of the house and up to the Barbican Centre to catch the World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition before it closes in a couple of weeks.

No pictures allowed inside the exhibition but I did take a few of the Barbican from the outside, and of our lunch of course! Brutilism architecture isn't 100% my thing, but I can appreciate good design done well, even if it isn't my style and I love how striking and imposing the concrete is, especially contasted with all the plants tumbling over people's balconies. 

We had a burger craving so ate at Bonfire inside the Barbican. It was a good burger for a good price - not my absolute fave (that would be Five Guys for the burger, Shakeshack for the chips and milkshake) but a pretty decent meal. It definitely satisfied the craving but it didn't leave me so full I couldn't enjoy the exhibition.

What I love about the Barbican centre is that we had some time to kill after lunch and before our timed entry for the exhibition but we were able to just sit on a sofa and chill without feeling like we needed to buy something or otherwise justify our existance there. James said felt a bit like a students union for grownups, which pretty much hit the nail on the head. There were people just hanging out on laptops, groups who obviously used it as a meeting space, it just feels like a really nice place to be!

We then wandered round the exhibition which was busy but really good. I would say I am an Eames admirer but not an Eames junkie, so it was really interesting to learn more about what they did beyond making beautiful chairs! Like designing a plywood splint for injured soldiers on the battlefield for example, or an exhibition for the Department of Fisheries where they had loads of tanks of marine life moved into their studio so they could really understand the exhibition they were designing the space for!

If you have time before 14th February then I'd definitely recommend.


Matthew Pike said...

I would have liked to have seen this but I don't think I'll be in London before it. I really didn't enjoy Shake Shack when we went, compared to 5Gs the burger was pants, in my opinion.

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Kelsey said...

Sounds like a lovely day and those burgers look pretty tasty too! After all my years in London I never visited the Barbican which is so bad of me. Maybe next time I'll come and explore that end of town.