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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Films of Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames are two of the most famous American designers of the 20th century. They are most widely known for their furniture and architecture, but they were also photographers and filmmakers, creating around 100 short films on a multitude of topics that fascinated them.

The films range from the lives and times of great inventors to toy trains and tops, sea creatures and computers. Their friend Elmer Bernstein wrote the scores for over thirty of the films.

A six-volume box set of these films, entitled The Films of Charles & Ray Eames, is available at an incredibly reasonable cost. Design Within Reach has the set for $80, and the Vitra Design Museum Shop has it for 89€.


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And just for fun, here's my favorite photo of Charles and Ray Eames. Most of the images we usually see of them are at a later stage in their lives. I love this one, because it captures their youth and playfulness.


Charles and Ray Eames, 1941
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10 comments:

  1. This pic is so wonderful! You can imagine the love and joy between this great couple instantly !!!

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  2. I second everything Ria says. It is a truly gorgeous, joyous photo. Look at those smiles!
    (I think I'll put this box set on my Christmas wish list Dana...I've been a good girl this year!)

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    1. I think it's going on my list too, Kylie!

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  3. I watched a really good Documentary about them on Netflix, if you haven't seen it you must watch! They really had a very interesting relationship

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    1. Was it The Architect and the Painter? Many books and documentaries about them have idealized them, but that one showed them much more as they really were, I think. From everything I've gathered, they had a very complex relationship, as relationships can often be...and very different personalities. Maybe that's why I love this photo so much. It was taken so early in their relationship, probably at a much simpler time in their lives than most of the photos we usually see.

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  4. Oh, love that pic of them, Dana!! I have one of those films, maybe I should tell Santa about that set? It would be great watching them all!

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    1. I think this set would be a great stocking stuffer for a lot of us!

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  5. Saw several of them in architectural school at Va. Tech. Really very inventive.

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