On a recent trip to New York I managed to make it over to the ICF Center to see the world premier of the new documentary Eames: The Architect and The Painter. The film was very well done, touching on all aspects of Charles and Ray's career, both achievements and failures. I could really appreciate Eames drive for developing the best creative solution no matter the cost. An example noted in the film was the Mathmatica exhibition for IBM. The project was quoted for $150K went 100% over budget and the Eames studio covered the overage. Their passion to create and discover made the "office feel more like a design playground than a workspace." Most designers (including myself) credit the Eames for their innovations in furniture, but this film showed the multifaceted nature of their studio's work in a truly inspiring way.
When this film comes to the MFA in December our design team, avid Eames fans will be making a trip over to see it. Feel free to join us on our inspiring Eames outing. Visit First Run Features to see when the film will be showing in your area.
Here is a brief synopsis from the films website.
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,