The Eames Office not only created furniture and architecture of renown, but were among the first multi-media designers of their age, incorporating slide-shows, exhibition design, product design and philosophy into their practice.
The Eames short films are among my favourite works from their oeuvre, which often drew on their vast collection of 'stuff' - anthropological gewgaws amassed on their global travels.
Here we present two versions of Tops. The first version was shot in monochrome to be included as a short segment of the popular Stars of Jazz (1958) TV series, and can be considered as an experimental work in progress, albeit with a jazz soundtrack. Nice.
This was followed in 1969 by a longer colour version with a fantastic spacey jazz score by Elmer Bernstein. A comparison of the music on both films gives a good illustration of the psych influence on jazz during the 1960s.
Dig the simple visual poetics. Away out!