Charles and Ray
In 1955, Charles and Ray designed The Coloring Toy to encourage children and adults alike to explore “a world of color, drawing, shapes and play.” You can do the same with this portrait of the couple, lovingly drawn by Jim Stoten.
The first toy that Charles and Ray designed for mass production was a series of animal masks for children. Though these masks were short-lived, they continued to show up as props in the photography and films the couple produced over the years.
The shipping cartons for Eames Storage Units were originally designed with dotted cut lines and came with instructions for converting the box into a playhouse. As a promotion, the Eames Office even set some up in a nearby parking lot to create a mini neighborhood.
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Learning from Home Resources
In response to shelter-in-place orders in communities around the world, the Eames Office created a Learning at Home page on their website that offers free, easy-to-administer activities to help keep learning from home fun.
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For a more authoritative take on play and the Eameses, design critic Alexandra Lange, author of The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids, dives deep in this essay for WHY Magazine.