the friday pickup: the films of ray and charles eames
the first in our weekly series of one very groovy thing to watch, do, see or read over the weekend ahead
October 26, 2012Column: deliberate polish
we're kicking off our new weekly post with a series of films we spent a good portion of last weekend watching. (really, it became an all-day saturday, 6-disc affair.)
the husband-and-wife team charles and ray eames rank amongst the most important and influential american designers of the twentieth century. in between designing buildings, furniture and toys; taking photographs, creating sculptures and paintings, designing museum exhibits (including the 1964 world’s fair), and heavily influencing industrial and graphic design, they also found the time to made over 100 short films between 1950 and 1982 covering all those fields, too.
in the six-disc set, the films of ray and charles eames, you'll learn about such far-reaching matters as toy tops, sea creatures, thomas jefferson and the explanation of advanced math and scientific concepts, all with the delightful quality of highly stylized, vintage educational videos. (we only wish we had to watch these in high school.)
some of our favorite stills from the films are below (with thanks to the eames office) to kick start your cinematic adventure. whether you watch 1, 2, 3 or all 6, rent them this weekend!