Charles (1907-1978) and Ray Eames (1912-1988), arguably the most recognized and most important designers of the 20th Century, are the subject of a new documentary Eames: The Architect and The Painter (First Run Features), by Jason Cohen and Bill Jersey. The film, narrated by James Franco, aims to look behind the curtain to reveal the couple's personal lives (they were husband and wife), artistic collaborations, and influence on post-World War II American design. The documentary draws on archival materials (love letters, film clips of the designers at home and at work, and photographs), artifacts from the Venice, California, studio known as "The Eamery", and interviews with family members, architects, and former Eames Office designers.
Here's the trailer for the documentary, which premiered in Los Angeles November 18 and more recently was shown in New York City at the IFC Center.
The DVD released on December 13.
Schedule of Current Screenings
Of Related Interest
Architecture and Design Museum, "Eames Words and Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship", On View Through January 16, 2012
Charles and Ray Eames, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Design Museum Profile of Charles & Ray Eames
Library of Congress, "The Work of Charles & Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention" (This was an exhibition that opened at the LOC in May 1999 and traveled until September 2002. The site is worth exploring.)
Martin Filler, "Prisoners of the Fun Factory", NYR Blog, The New York Review of Books, November 22, 2011
TED Video, "The Design Genius of Charles & Ray Eames"