1 Nov
A look behind the curtain of the mid-century modern maestros

Charles and Ray Eames are almost as synonymous with Los Angeles — namely Venice Beach where their studio was located — as Frank Lloyd Wright was to Chicago. They made their indelible mark as monumental designers inextricably linked to the fields of modern architecture and furniture for over a half century. The Eames Office, widely regarded as their most timeless work, is remembered for its mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture. While this was one of their most famous pieces, they also worked in photography, graphics and films, and contributed to a multitude of other products including splints for wounded military during World War II. It’s the nature of their multifaceted career that has led to the creation of Eames: The Architect and the Painter, a documentary film on their lives and contributions to society. Narrated by James Franco, Eames — a broad look at the husband and wife team and their creative work — is set to release on November 18 at the IFC Center in New York City. And if you’re an Eames fan, you may want to check out The Story of Eames Furniture, a short film created by Gestalten, as well as the 1956 debut of the Herman Miller Lounge & Ottoman on NBC. Essential Eames viewing…

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