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February 16, 2012

"Eames" (video review)

Charles Eames, Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1956
Photo: Davis Digital Images
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Eames: The Architect and The Painter
Narrated by James Franco

The works, lives, and abundant creativity of Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic couple whose work became the pinnacle of mid-20th century design, are examined in this film. Charles and Ray met while working at the Cranbrook Academy of Art here in Michigan. Subsequently they moved to L.A. with the dream of creating quality furniture for everyone, starting with their mass-producible plywood chair. They set up their studio in Venice, CA, and the rest is history. Their studio became known as the “Eamery” where creative artists and designers worked around the clock. Not limiting themselves to furniture, Charles and Ray explored a wide range of media including painting, architecture, film, and photography. Their amazing lives and the many accomplishments they achieved to re-create the very idea of design are still highly influential in the design world today.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at February 16, 2012 12:00 PM

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