Charles & Ray Eames, Toys

“It makes me feel guilty that anyone should have such a good time doing what they are supposed to do.” –Charles Eames

While Charles and Ray Eames took their craft seriously, they approached it through playful experimentation. “Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are the preludes to serious ideas.” And it was that approach that resulted in a portfolio of toys and furnishings that blurred lines. Construction toys that encouraged architectural creativity in young minds, and colorful adult furnishings that were whimsical yet purposeful. Perhaps one of the greatest examples of the Eames credo is the application of their experimental, cutting-edge technology of molded plywood for the creation of a child’s chair in the shape of an elephant. While the production of the Elephant Chair was too complex to create a viable commercial product, it ultimately became one of the most charming and “unforgettable” contributions to the American MCM tapestry.

EAMES TOYS COLLAGE
Row 1:  Eames Plywood Elephant Prototype, 1945; House of Cards, 1952 (Photo: Eamesoffice)
Row 2:  Eames Masks, 1950 (Photo: Eamesoffice); Eames Giraffe Mask, 1950; Eames Storage, 1949

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