EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER / BAR AND FOOD FROM 6PM / FILM AT 8.15PM / CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO BOOK
The husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. In this documentary by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey, narrated by James Franco, celebrates their unique kind of American creativity. Charles Eames, in underacknowledged partnership with his artist wife, Ray Eames, created a design studio in the mid-20th century in Venice, California. They worked in almost every field of art, architecture and design; acting like an ad agency, they accepted commissions from big corporations like IBM to produce idiosyncratic promotional films that humanised their sponsors and look now like the most earnest but entertaining instructional movies liable to be shown in US high schools. The most celebrated of these is Powers of Ten (1968), a 9-minute animation about relative scale starting with an overhead shot of a sunbathing couple, zooming out progressively into space and then back into a micro-cosmos of molecules and atoms – it brilliantly anticipates Google Earth. Eames’s spirit lives on in the careers of Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs.