In tune with their love of experimentation and new technology, in 1957 Charles and Ray Eames designed the Solar Do-Nothing Machine that took toys beyond child's play to create one of the first solar powered machines. True to the Eameses' belief that toys are not as innocent as they appear, the machine was one of the first uses of solar power to produce electricity. Originally commissioned by the Alcoa aluminum company to display America's bright future with new metal, Charles Eames' interest was in the playful experience of discovery and intrigue. His goal was to create a toy that would excite its audience in a way that would inspire some sort of curiosity. At the same time he also sparked the imagination of a self-sustaining world. In the 1990s, Eames Demetrios discovered unedited footage of the wonderful machine and cut it together to share a bit of its flavour for future generations to enjoy. This film is a remarkable line in the sand for the possibilities and imagination that designers offer the planet.
Photography by Charles Eames; Music by Richard Marx. Edited and Produced by Eames Demetrios, © 2011 Eames Office, LLC.