The name Eames is synonymous with luxurious, cutting edge design, but these artists (two of the most influential of the twentieth century) are more than just the sum of the parts of their slinky chairs, as this new documentary demonstrates.
Directed by Jason Cohn and the Peabody Award-winning Bill Jersey, the film looks at the many diverse facets of the Eames' conjoined careers. Not content with working simply in interior design, the film spans the decades between the 1940s and the 1970s, where the couple created film, design, art and architecture for organisations including IBM and Polaroid. There are good personal accounts from friends and family, and the more controversial element are handled softly, but are nevertheless handled.
For a little intro the more varied aspects of the Eames' creative works, look back to this post from December 2010 in your dear Culture section. Powers of Ten is a film by Charles and Ray Eames - a celebrated work that explores scale with an unparalleled and idiosyncratic vision. The couple were masterpieces in their own lifetime, and that is a rare compliment.
Eames: The Architect and The Painter is on general release.