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You sat on their chairs, now watch their film.
on 1 April 2013
The Eames, husband Charles and wife Ray, have reasonable claim for putting the capital 'D' in design and making designers the iconic taste makers of our age. This documentary starts off with their chairs, covers their films, exhibitions and indeed, pretty much everything else you can think of. It does its best to be warts and all, but even so, I found it hard to dislike Charles with his big goofy grin and Ray like a grinning chinese doll. Their most memorable creation was actually themselves, the most fun, talented, modern couple you could possibly imagine. The status that Steve Jobs has now, they were bigger and better.
The film started out as a PBS documentary, and is a respectable 85 minutes long. It is not the most spectacular documentary ever made, but the raw material more than makes up for it. There are a host of interviewees, oddly the most normal seeming is Paul Schrader who wrote Taxi Driver.
The documentary has plenty of replay value, largely because the Eames were such interesting people, if you know a lot about them it probably won't tell you much more, but if you think you have never heard of them, you will recognise plenty of their creations.
Marked down slightly because it is rather expensive for a DVD, but the content is top rate.