House of Cards (Little) by Charles and Ray Eames

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Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important figures of twentieth-century design, their work spanning furniture and exhibition design, filmmaking and photography.

Charles and Ray Eames designed the House of Cards in 1952, writing that 'Toys and games are preludes to serious ideas.' The six slots on each card enables them to be fitted together to build structures of different shapes and sizes. Exemplifying the designers' appreciation for the uncommon beauty of common things, especially when seen in unusual combinations, some cards are printed with photographs from the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms. Others are printed with images of textured or coloured surfaces, such as Victorian decoupage and marbled papers.

House of Cards are currently on display at The Hepworth Wakefield as part of the exhibition Giles Round: The Director and were included in Wakefield Art Gallery's exhibition Living Today in 1959.

Materials: 54 flexible playing cards
Dimensions: Playing cards 6x9 cm, Packaging: 6x9x2 cm

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