The story of Charles & Ray Eames

Last week I was invited to the private screening of ‘Eames The Architect & The Painter‘, at Vitra’s Clerkenwell office. The film was so engaging and I learnt so much about Charles and his devoted wife, Ray. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, they also turned their hands to splints for wounded military during World War 11 (which became the catalyst for the iconic moulded plywood ‘Lounge’ chair) as well as photography, interiors, multimedia exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. I had no idea they were so heavily involved in the IT industry, designing marketing strategies as well as short films. Their most powerful and memorable film has to be Powers of 10, which has been a major influence for many filmmakers over the years. I also discovered that Ray Eames played a far bigger role in the company than I had previously realised, she had a huge influence on not only the introduction of colour to their furniture pieces, but was also responsible for the Art Direction of countless photoshoots, known and loved for her knowledge of style and perfection, Ray was key to their worldwide success. You can purchase the DVD of this screening here.

My favourite Eames chairs

Miniature furniture on display at Vitra’s Clerkenwell office

Just some of the cool accessories on show

We had a quick tour around Vitra HQ – the work stations and meeting rooms were gorgeous!

A selection of clocks from Vitra’s office – I’m loving the first one.  From left to right: Sunflower Clock, Flock of Butterflies, Star Clock, all available through Vitra, click here to find your nearest dealer.

Fellow bloggers Daniel (Heart Home/My Deco), Kate (Fabric of My Life), Kelly (Light Color Design), Kelly (Designlint)


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