The Ray and Charles Eames Initiative
Introducing a documentary commenting on the extraordinary creativity the Eames duo brought to modern interior design and culture. The Eameses were very committed to experimentation in a number of areas in design from identifying the potential of materials to visualising their furniture in the wider circle of contemporary design.They were not limited by their titles of painter and architect but used their creative spirits and knowledge in design as a way of seeing and changing the world.
Documentary: The Architect and the Painter
Charles and Ray Eames married in 1941 which saw to the beginning of an architectural adventure to create and push the boundaries of modern interior design. Ray used her skills as a painter to fuse her natural surroundings to create stimulating productions of art. The marriage introduced the exceptionally creative to the modern functionalist. The pair made critical breakthroughs in furniture design, photography and manufacturing, striving to find new ways of establishing progress in architecture.
Eames’ Combined Perspective
To produce successful architecture, a strong foundation is needed which the Ray/Charles partnership had in abundance. The power couple have set the bar for architecture and modern design. They were both pioneers of architecture not because they were just perfectionists but because they were dedicated to the process of discovery and application, a productive work ethic which allows us to indulge in their design success today.
The Story Behind the Lounge Chair
The couple were driven by a curiosity which not only contributed to their design work but provided them with a process to reach their design goals. This initiative fuelled their efforts to design the Lounge chair, taking the club chair to the next level. They were both very taken and inspired by the competency of plywood and the advantages this would bring to furniture design. The combination of curiosity and experimentation is what led to the success of the Lounge Chair and many more inventions.