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August 08, 2006

Eames film festival, coming to a DWR near you

photo of Charles and Ray Eames

If they did nothing else but create their chair, the husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames would still have a secure place in the world of design. But they did so much more...everything from creating custom fabrics to inventing multimedia presentations to designing one of the landmark homes of the 20th century to producing a large selection of brilliant and beautiful short films. It's that film aspect of their work that's being celebrated with a series of free screenings at Design Within Reach furniture stores all across the country.

DWR will be showing seven Eames short films, including their masterpiece, The Powers of Ten. I think The Powers of Ten is the greatest science film ever made, and I know a number of people who count seeing it for the first time as one of the most influential events in their life.. it certainly was for me. (A couple of years ago I did an appreciation of the film for the public radio program Studio360. You can listen to it here).

If you're like me you can't afford to breathe the air in a DWR store, much less actually buy a piece of furniture there, but don't let that stop you, everyone is welcome. Spend an evening watching the Eames films, and leave with a blown mind. (Check this page on their website to see when the screening is happening in your area).

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at August 8, 2006 04:38 AM