House of Cards Pattern Deck

DATE - 1952

The Eameses designed the original House of Cards in 1952, exemplifying the design duo’s appreciation for the uncommon beauty of common things. The deck consists of fifty-four playing-sized cards, each card with six slots, two on either side and one at both ends, so they may be locked together to create three-dimensional structures.

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The first deck made in the House of Cards line was the Pattern Deck which had cards printed on one side with a pattern or a texture photographed from textured or colored surfaces. The reverse side was printed with a black asterisk.

The Picture Deck, still available today, has slotted cards that display a rich assortment of photographs from the animal, mineral, and vegetable kingdoms on one side and an asterisk (used as the current Eames Office logo) on the other.

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