Eames House of Cards

Eames House of Cards

Regina Yunghans
Apr 25, 2007

Take your pleasure seriously. Charles Eames said it and it sums up one vein of his and Ray Eames' work. Together, they created these "toys", the House of Cards, in 1952.

It's a picture deck of cards made with 6 slots that allow for endless imaginative building. Each card is printed with a different photo, most of which are closeups of common objects. The images are of what Eameses called "good stuff ", chosen to celebrate "familiar and nostalgic objects from the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms."

The result of playing around with these can be a wonderful maleable sculpture object fit for display at home. The original deck was the small size (the size of playing cards). There is also a medium deck, a Giant House of Cards (1953), a Computer House of Cards (1970) and Newton House of Cards for the 1974 Nobel Laureates.

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