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“Eames: The Architect and The Painter” Film Review

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Last week I was in Los Angeles and visited the LACMA California Design, 1930-1965 “Living In A Modern Way” exhibit and not surprisingly Ray and Charles Eames’ work was prominently displayed – down to a replica of their house filled with the actual contents of their house. With the exhibit fresh in my mind, I sat down to watch Eames: The Architect and The Painter.

Filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey have made the first film about the Eames since their death. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and The Painter takes us into the Renaissance-style design studio in Venice Beach, California. The documentary includes stunning archival materials from love letters to photographs, from films to artifacts: Interviews with Eames family members, designers from the Eames studio and industry leaders fill in the gaps.

I’m a huge fan of the husband-wife design team and when my husband and I finally took a step away from IKEA, our first real furniture purchases included Eames chairs. Even though I’ve done some reading on the Eames, I learned so much from this documentary. Eames: The Architect and The Painter gives you the full picture – from the romance, design processes, innovations and breadth of projects – you are able to view the Eames body of work in a larger context. Whether you have an interest in the Eames, Modern Design or creativity, Eames: The Architect and The Painter is inspiring. It’s the kind of film that I want to keep in my collection and watch over and over again – it will invigorate and inspire you to create.

Eames: The Architect and The Painter opens in San Francisco this Friday December 2 at the Balboa Theater. For information on other cities please visit the playdate list online. You can also pre-order the DVD, which releases on December 13 – the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the creatives in your life!

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2 Responses to ““Eames: The Architect and The Painter” Film Review”

  1. C_Rocka C_Rocka says:

    Innovative designers of their time. It is amazing how good design can carry through the years and still look as fresh as it did when it was first released.

  2. Gabriella GDK says:

    Agreed, good design is timeless.


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