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Keeping Up With the Eameses

Appreciation for mid-century modern design is alive and well in Sacramento, if the turnout at Tuesday night’s screening of the new documentary “Eames: The Architect and the Painter” is any indication. Hundreds of people came to the historic Crest Theater to learn more about design icons, Charles and Ray Eames, and to share their love of modern design with other like-minded individuals.

Prior to the actual screening, the hosts for the evening–Hot Italian, Sactown Magazine, Lumens and The Bridge District–gave attendees a delicious taste of things to come with displays in the Crest’s main lobby. Guests were first greeted by photo collages of the Eamses, as well as some of their pressed plywood masterpieces, including a splint designed during WWII:

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The proceeds for the evening are all going toward the development of an exhibit in 2012 by The California Museum in honor of Sacramento native’s Ray Eamses’ 100th birthday. The museum’s display included numerous examples of Ray’s modernist paintings and fabric designs:

The Bridge District handed out beautiful graphic renderings of their development plan in West Sacramento. Many were handed out in conjunction with the raffle of an Eames molded plastic rocker:

And last, but certainly not least, the Lumens display celebrated not only many of the Eames’s most wonderful and popular furniture and home accessory designs, but also the fact that the furnishings–made by Herman Miller–are now available for Sacramentans to purchase through the Lumens showroom:

The documentary itself was a lot of fun, highly illuminating of the personalities, design process and incredible relationship between Charles and Ray and many of the people with whom they worked. It was introduced by Charles’ granddaughter, Llisa Demetrios. After the film, she sat in as part of a Q & A panel with the film’s director, Jason Cohn, and the moderator, California Arts Council Director Craig Watson:

(l. to r.) Director Jason Cohn, Llisa Demetrios and Craig Watson

It was all-around a wonderful evening for modern design lovers. And it doesn’t end here. For more information on the goings-on celebrating the Eameses in Sacramento and elsewhere this year, check out the following:

Eames Foundation

The California Museum

At 6pm this very evening, Lumens is having an open house to welcome Herman Miller to their showroom at 2028 K Street in midtown Sacramento. Come on by to enjoy food, drinks and Eames furniture in person, and enter to win an Eames Walnut Stool. The first 50 people in the door will also receive a free Eames Elephant Keychain. While Herman Miller furniture is available just through the Lumens showroom and call center, there are other furnishings and accessories designed by the Eameses also available at

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