Charles Eames House of Cards, above,
bought in NYC at the Whitney, I think, in 1973;
I bought them on my first traveling
assignment as a young architect,
to management school at IBM in New York.
I chose them as they are not easy,
and will stack them up and try again.
Under drawing below with messy graphite; watercolors added above.
It brought back so many memories!
I stalked the Eames’ at their home when I was 19 with my boyfriend. They were used to students stalking them. They were gracious; we were invited in for a very short hello.
They were my idols and I wanted to be like them, and wanted to work with my husband / relationship as they did with each other — they had a huge impact on my future choices. I also met Charles as young working architect for IBM; I have many interesting brochures from those days which were in-house pamphlets. I sat next to Ray on a plane flight to NYC after he died; same outfit she always wore, full skirt and ponytail with a bow, but all in black.
I also was fortunate to see the art installations on American Revolution Bicentennial, The World of Franklin & Jefferson at IBM in NYC. The most memorable and stunning installation was their very cool collection of “things” made into art at the IBM World Headquarters: seeds, stamps, grasses, bans, each carefully collected and viewed in plexiglass boxes.
Good memories, rubbing up against the gods of design.
Some people have never seen the cards. This is an image from Amazon.
The original size (and the MOMA size)
was the size of a deck of cards, and
they have eight slits in them that allow
you to attach them one to the other.
They came out with a giant set in the 50’s, and a medium size in the 70’s (I think).
So you build little huts and so forth with them — yes, fun. The sides are printed with images of his collections in his studios.
Images in Stillman & Birn Alpha journal with Pentalic pencil, a Preppie pen with Polar Brown Noodler’s ink, and Daniel Smith and QoR watercolor paints.
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