Tops, by Charles & Ray Eames (1969)


Originally started in 1966 and only worked on during breaks between other projects, Tops (1969) is both a celebration of the historic art of spinning top making and Charles Eames’ long-standing fascination with the colorful toys. The film features 123 tops from all over the world filmed close up, set spinning to a wonderful composition by Elmer Bernstein.

In this film Eames was able to convey not only the beauty of top making & spinning, but also the popular children’s toy as the perfect amalgamation of art, science, and physics.

Charles and Ray Eames with parts for their iconic chairs