MoMA Exclusive: Originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1952, the Eames The Little Toy was made with the DIY-loving child in mind. The Little Toy reflects the Eameses interest in prefab architecture and their love for adapting readily available, off-the-shelf materials to new and unexpected uses. The Little Toy is a kit of squares and triangles in the form of brightly colored panels and wire frames. Colored wires are used to connect them in a myriad of ways that results in toy houses, hanging geometric sculptures and architectural desktop structures.
The Little Toy is among the rarest and most coveted Eames toys. This authentic reproduction of The Little Toy includes eight printed cardboard panels (four squares, four triangles), eight wire frames, as well as colorful wire connectors and an instruction manual. Produced in the Netherlands from Eska premium cardboard. Eska is a smart, three-layer composition with an internal layer that is produced entirely from 100% post-consumer recycled fibers. To clean, gently dust off with a dry cloth. The Eames The Little Toy measures 9.5h x 9.5w x 1.5"d. Recommended for ages 6+.
DesignerCharles and Ray Eames
SizeBox: 9.5h x 9.5w x 1.5"d
MaterialEco Friendly Eska Premium Cardboard and Metal Wire Frames
Year of Design1952
WarningChoking Hazard — Item contains small parts. Not for children under 3.
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Among the rarest and most coveted Eames toys, The Little Toy allows kids to experience a playful modularity that results in toy houses, hanging geometric sculptures and architectural desktop structures. The design reflects the Eameses interest in prefab architecture.
The Museum has been exhibiting work by Charles and Ray Eames since 1941, beginning with Organic Design in Home Furnishings. Other exhibitions included New Furniture Designed by Charles Eames (1946) and Good Design (1950–51).
Inspired by their desire to encourage free expression in children, Ray and Charles Eames began making cardboard costume masks in 1950. This led to their interest in designing toys.
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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