Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Charles and Ray Eames at home, ca. 1970, as seen in Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's documentary EAMES: The Architect and the Painter. © 2011 Eames Office, LLC.

(2011, 83 mins., directed by Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey)

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 dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work. Writes A.O. Scott in The New York Times: “…the most gratifying thing about Eames is that it shows, in marvelous detail, …how their distinct personalities melded into a unique and protean force.”

Presented by the IMA Design Arts Society in partnership with Herman Miller.

Read a review in The New York Times, or watch the film's trailer below.

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