Eames, Charles

Read here pertinent facts about someone whose work is critical to a proper comprehension of scale.


Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907–1978) and Bernice Alexandra "Ray" Eames née Bernice Kaiser (1912–1988) were American designers that gave shape to America's twentieth century. Their lives and work represented the nation's defining social movements: the West Coast's coming-of-age, the economy's shift from making goods to the producing information, and the global expansion of American culture. The Eameses embraced the era's visionary concept of modern design as an agent of social change, elevating it to a national agenda. Their evolution from furniture designers to cultural ambassadors demonstrated their boundless talents and the overlap of their interests with those of their country. In a rare era of shared objectives, the Eameses partnered with the federal government and the country's top businesses to lead the charge to modernize postwar America. (Library of Congress text)
Eames son, Eames Demetrios, filmed Powers of Time. The journey slices time finer and finer, down to the tiniest sliver of time for which we have a name, the attosecond (10^-18). Then we see a representation of ever-longer stretches of time, from a single second to over 31 billion years (or 10^18).
Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames, rereleased in 1977.


In order to protect the integrity of the film, the Eames Office has attempted to trademark the three-word phrase "Powers of Ten" as it relates to superscale surveys of size.


Eames 1977. Powers of Ten. Filmmakers: Charles and Ray Eames. Sponsor: IBM. Composer: Elmer Bernstein. Narrator: Philip Morrison. Running Time: 8:47. Format: color. Multiscreen: Single Strand. Date: 1977
Eames 1968. Rough Sketch of a Proposed Film Dealing with the Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of Things in the Universe. Filmmakers: Charles and Ray Eames. Sponsor: Commission on College Physics. Composer: Elmer Bernstein. Narrator: Judith Bronowski. Running Time: 8:01. Format: color. Multiscreen: Single Strand. Date: 1968.