Sunday, December 18, 2011
There are many important names in design history that should be known by students as much as they recognize artists like Andy Warhol or Keith Haring. Among these are husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames (right).
A documentary film called Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres nationally Monday, December 19, 2011 on PBS as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters series. American Masters presents the first film made about America’s most important and influential designers, Charles and Ray Eames, since their deaths in 1978 and 1988, respectively.
Narrated by James Franco, Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s definitive documentary delves into the private world the Eameses created in their Renaissance-style, Venice Beach, California studio, where design history was born.
From 1941 to 1978, this husband-wife design team helped shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. Best known for their beautiful and functional, yet inexpensive furniture, most notably their signature molded plywood “Eames chair,” and their ubiquitous molded plastic chairs (left), Charles and Ray’s influence on significant events and movements in post-World War II American life – from the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age – is less widely understood.
Click on the heading above to learn more and see a preview of the film.