Here is the poster for the new documentary film EAMES: The Architect and The Painter which I hope to catch up with soon.
One of the many things that’s likely to grab audience’s attention while watching it is a clip of a mesmerizing short film called Tops made by the Eames studio in 1969.
In the film, all manner of spinning tops and toys are wound and released and filmed in a way that is both beautiful and hypnotic (thanks partially at least to the score by Elmer Bernstein). There is also a moment about halfway through when a thumb tack is spun across an architectural drawing.
It’s a wonderfully understated metaphor for the creative process and it changes the whole tone of what you are watching. Lovely.