This original Eames design was intended to provide a creative platform for budding artists. Its 8 die-cut panels and 16 premium crayons provide prompts for kids to create a whole world of creatures and spaces. According to Eames, “This is a world discovered and rediscovered by all children and is their own to create. The Coloring Toy does not presume to make artists out of children or to teach them how to play (children are far ahead of us on both counts). But we do hope that the contents of this box and the clues it offers will stimulate the use of these and other materials in an ever-expanding variety of ways.” The Eames Coloring Toy includes butterfly clips for hanging kids’ creations from string or nails, and its box measures 7.5 x 21w x 1"d. Ages 3+
Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers of the 20th century, best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic arts. They have many works in MoMA’s permanent collection.
DesignerCharles and Ray Eames
SizeBox: 7.5 x 21w x 1"d
MaterialPaper, Wax Crayons, Brass
Year of Design1955
WarningChoking Hazard — Item contains small parts. Not for children under 3.
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Charles (1907–1978) and Ray (1912–1988) Eames were two of the most influential designers of the 20th century. In 1941, this husband-and-wife team founded their Los Angeles-based design practice, the Eames Office, and in the same year an important design by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, the Organic Chair, was exhibited at a MoMA exhibition celebrating the winning entries of its Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. Eames designs have been featured in dozens of MoMA exhibitions, including New Furniture Designs by Charles Eames (1946), Prize Designs for Modern Furniture (1950), Plywood: Material, Process, Form (2011–2013) and The Value of Good Design (2019). Photography ©2023 Eames Office. LLC. All rights reserved.Discover the Eames Story
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