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The toys of Charles and Ray Eames on view at the Vitra Design Museum

By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - October 31, 2017

Play Parade is the title of an exhibition – running at the Vitra Design Museum from September 9, 2017 through February 2, 2018 – dedicated to the toys designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

cover-image: Ray Eames posing with a cat photograph, December 1970 © Eames Office LLC

The motto “Take your pleasure seriously”, coined by Charles Eames, marks the start of the exhibition, which explores the most playful side of the Eameses’ design world.
An exhibition aimed primarily to kids and families, but intriguing for all design enthusiasts.
Indeed, the exhibition depicts how seriously Charles and Ray Eamed took their work as toy designers and at what extent their creativity was influenced by play. As Charles once said, “Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are preludes to serious ideas”.
Pieces on view include “the toy”, a modular construction set composed of wood elements and colored panels with which it is possible to create miniature models of airplane, towers, and booths.

Vitra- Eames-Plywood-Elephant

Plywood elephant, 1945, it’s a toy but, for the Eameses, it was also a means for experimenting the fabrication of complex objects made in molded plywood.

Vitra-An Eames Celebration-Ray Eames with an early prototype of The Toy in the patio of the Eames House-1950-Eames Office LLC

Ray Eames with an early prototype of »The Toy« in the patio of the Eames House, 1950 © Eames Office LLC.

Vitra-An Eames Celebration-Charles Eames playing with the House of Cards-Pattern Deck-1952-Eames Office

Charles Eames playing with the »House of  Cards«, Pattern Deck, 1952 © Eames Office LLC

Vitra-An Eames Celebration-Publicity photograph of The Toy in the airplane configuration- Eames Office

 Publicity photograph of »The Toy« in the airplane configuration © Eames Office LLC 

Vitra-An-Eames-celebration-Feature of The Toy in Life magazine- July-16-1951

Feature of »The Toy« in »Life« magazine, July 16, 1951

Play Parade
temporary exhibition
Vitra Design Museum Gallery
Weil am Rhein – Germany
09.09.2017 / 11.02.2018

images courtesy of Vitra http://www.design-museum.de/en/information.html

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