This week, the IFC Center in New York will host the debut screening of Eames: The Architect and the Painter – an insightful journey into the workings of design’s most infamous couple, collaboratively creating some of the most iconic furniture pieces of the 20th century.
Narrated by man-of-the-moment James Franco, the film is the first since their passing and not only profiles the working relationship of Charles and Ray but also includes interviews with members of the Eames family – including Charles’s daughter Lucia, grandson Eames Demetrios, and the founder of TED, Richard Saul Wurman, and former Eames Venice, California studio workers – which will inevitably give a rare and detailed insight into the personal lives of these enigmatic designers. Additionally, the documentary includes television appearances, archived photographs and commentary from those who worked alongside or admired Charles and Ray.
The influential, husband and wife duo produced an extraordinary and diverse amount of design, most famously interior products and children’s toys, but perhaps lesser known is their work in film and graphics, and products that were produced for the military during World War II – all of which made a remarkable impact on post-war, modern design, and design as it stands today.
A vision of producers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey, this film is a must-see for anyone interested in 20th century design and culture. Watch the trailer here. – Samantha Fox