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Mr & Mrs Wizard Indeed

16 September 2009

An article (“Mr. & Mrs. Wizard”) in the Sunday New York Times Men’s Fall Fashion Style magazine caught my eye. The piece focussed on Powers of Ten, the classic short that begins at a picnic on the shores of Lake Michigan–and travels (how many was is?) light years into space–and then reverses the journey all the way back to the level of an atom.

I remembered seeing the film, but hadn’t realized that the filmmakers were Charles and Ray Eames. (Okay, I also didn’t realize that Ray was a woman and the two were a married couple; I’d always assumed they were brothers!) Quick: word association–Eames…. Did you think ‘chair’?

eameschair

That’s understandable, but I discovered that the Eames designed “everything from toys, games, houses, books and movie sets to leg splints for the United States Navy. They also found time to pursue parallel careers as educational filmmakers.”

Check out more on this renaissance couple’s work at their foundation’s site and the Library of Congress’ exhibit site:

http://eamesoffice.com/

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/eames/

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