Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Published April, 2012, Dallas Center for Architecture

Last week’s Texas premiere of Eames: The Architect and the Painter at the DCFA’s monthly film series proved the timelessness of the Eames’ influence to a diverse audience, from high school students to former colleagues and friends of the Eames. Our culture has an ongoing demanding appetite for beauty. For Charles and Ray Eames, like many of us, beauty was synonymous with a wide spectrum of things: process, discovery, utility, craft, color, improvisation and experimentation.  Moreover, the Eames found beauty in love and their symbiotic professional and personal relationship.

Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey, producers and directors of the film, find interest in the mysterious relationship between Ray Kaiser (1912-1988) and Charles Eames (1907-1978), and often switch between the progression of an innovative design collaboration and the love story (stories) behind the designs. Their routine was seamless from the moment they woke to the moment they fell asleep. Without a doubt, their work was a major part of it, and while sensitivity to credit and ownership existed in the office, something can be said for the “image” of the Eames as cultural icons.

Today, the Eames define what is left of the American Dream. Their work is patriotic, capitalist, nostalgic, and continually fresh, awaiting the next generation of designers to drool at first glance and promote the true questions that have consistently driven American design.

For more information on the film or to get your own copy, visit our friends at First Run Features.

Flener, Ryan. “Eames: The Architect and the Painter.” News . Dallas Center for Architecture, 08/12/2012. Web. http://dallascfa.com/news/eames-the-architect-and-the-painter.html.