“Take your pleasure seriously.” — Charles Eames
House of Cards
The Eames Office actually produced 5 different sets of the House of Cards:
The small house of cards is the original, made in 1952. It actually had two decks: the picture deck and the pattern deck. It is the picture deck that we manufacture today in conjunction with MOMA. From that, a medium House of Cards was made that is set of selections from the pattern and picture deck. That too is still available. The images are of what Eameses called “good stuff “, chosen to celebrate “familiar and nostalgic objects from the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms.” The six slots on each card enable the player to interlock the cards so as to build structures of myriad shapes and sizes.
There was also a Giant House of Cards (1953), a Computer House of Cards (1970) and Newton House of Cards for the 1974 Nobel Laureates for IBM. The Eames Office still makes the House of Cards. The Computer House of Cards is available in the vintage market.
Eames Lounge Chair
This flipbook is a rendition of the short film Lounge Chair, made by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956. The original film took about a week to make from start to finish. It was made on the spur-of-the-moment when the Eameses were to make a television appearance promoting the new Eames Lounge Chair — which, today, is probably their best known furniture design.
This flip book conveys a walk through the Eames House, which was designed and built by Charles and Ray Eames as part of the Case Study House Program in 1949. The Eameses’ home until their deaths, it is one of the most influential post-war residential buildings in the world. This fliptour ofers a rare chance to walk upstairs through the beautiful light of this exquisite space.
(Photography by Eames Demetrios)
This animation of the construction of the Eames House is taken from the opening of the Charles and Ray Eames film House: after 5 years of living, made in 1955 as a portrait of their home, which they designed and built as part of the Case Study House Program in 1949. Made entirely from factory available parts, it is one of the most influential post-war residential buildings in the world, inspirational to generations of architects.
This scene of the camera travelling through the inside of a train is taken from Tocatta for Toy Trains, made by Charles and Ray Eames in 1957, and one of their most charming and important films. On one level, it is a celebration taking place entirely within a world of toys, on another it is about a favorite Eames theme: the un-selfconscious use of materials.
A flipbook dealing with the relative size of things in the universe and the effect of adding another zero.This optical toy is an adaption of the classic film Powers of Ten. Travel from the edge of the universe to an atom in the hand of a sleeping man at a picnic. The effect is a spectacular cosmic adventure. The journey involves astronomy, biology, particle physics, and much more, but ultimately it is about size. At one extreme of the flipbook is a view 10 million light years across (10+23 meters), the Milky Way a tiny speck towards the center. At the other extreme the frame is completely filled by the tiny proton (10-15 meters).
Related endeavors: Powers of TenTM Interactive, Powers of Ten Poster, Powers of Ten Book, Powers of Ten Exhibition