First Run Features
Charles and Ray Eames are probably my favorite designers of the mid-century movement. I am the proud owner of two Eames Plastic Armchairs, an Eames Round Table, an Eames Aluminum Management Chair and the Eames Hang-It-All. Overkill? Perhaps. I also have the Eames DVD set, including all of the films Charles and Ray made. It’s fair to say I’m a fan. Their creative drive, their work and their legacy never cease to inspire me.
The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.
- First Run Features
The movie opens today at the IFC Center, and is available on DVD on December 13.