Grab your popcorn and get ready to see Eames: The Architect and The Painter. It’s a new documentary about the design powerhouse that was Charles and Ray Eames. The film, in cinemas now, is inspiring, exciting, motivating and definitely worth watching.
“Life was fun was work was fun was life” sums up the culture that Charles and Ray Eames created at 901 Washington Boulevard, Venice Beach, California, while they built a body of work and a reputation that made them arguably America’s most influential designers.
They redefined what it meant to be a designer… and an architect and a painter for that matter; working on everything from furniture design to filmmaking, including photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games and toys. Their output and status are undeniable – and the film provides enough detail to satisfy even the geekiest Eames fan.
But it does more then tell the story behind the designs, it also tells the story behind the people. It shows Ray’s struggle to be accepted in what was still a very sexist world, despite Charles’ instance that “Anything I can do, she can do better.” It shows a very real relationship between two brilliant, but ultimately flawed individuals. And sadly for me, it shows that you really should never meet your heroes. Real life is not always as fun as it looks from a distance.
Eames: The Architect and The Painter is In UK cinemas now, distributed by Soda Pictures.
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