Toy Masks

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1950

In a 1972 interview, Charles said of the toys he and Ray made: “The motivation behind most of the things we’ve done was either that we wanted them ourselves or we wanted to give them to family and friends; and the way to make that practical is to have the gifts manufactured.”

The first toys that the Eameses designed for mass production included a number of large head and body masks for children and adults.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, they were using masks as props in exhibitions, photographs, and theatrical skits with friends.  They also experimented with projecting 35mm transparencies onto people’s heads to create a mask-like blend of the two-dimensional image with a three-dimensional form.

The Eameses’ Toy Masks later inspired the design duo to create another engaging product called The Coloring Toy.