Eames: The Architect and The Painter

Monday November 14, 2011 Written by Luke

Well. This is embarrassing. See, up until watching the preview for Eames: The Architect and The Painter, a few of us thought that this mysterious 'Eames' person (whose chairs we so longed to sit on) was, in fact, a single guy. When, as it turns out, there were two of them: Charles and Ray, an architect and a painter. And they were married. And they did all sorts of things that weren't chair related. Huh.

While these days the ability to identify an Eames chair at twenty paces has become one of the defining characteristics of the arch-hipster, Eames furniture used to be the calling card of middle-class, suburban aspiration. The Eameses had a motto: "the best for the most for the least". Sure, nowadays it's a bit more "the least for the best for the most", but they remain paragons of the transformative power of design and Eames: The Architect and The Painter breathes new life into this paradoxical, occasionally tormented couple and the design methodology that changed the world.

The film features voiceovers by James Franco and a truly stunning amount of furniture porn. In cinemas from November 18.