In 1946, Charles and Ray entered The Competition for Printed Fabrics sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s Department of Industrial Design organized the contest with jurors including architect Marcel Breuer, the Managing Editor of ART NEWS, and directors of multiple MoMA departments. Out of nearly 2,500 entries, four winners and fifteen honorable mentions were awarded cash prizes, a traveling exhibition, and production of the textiles.
Ray’s entry consisted of “Crosspatch” and “Sea Things”; Charles coordinated and submitted entries in collaboration with Alexander Girard and Eero Saarinen.
Although Sea Things did not win Ray any awards during jurying, the design was produced and marketed as a textile in 1950 by Schiffer, a textile division of Mil-Art Company in New York City. The textile was exhibited at the Good Design Is Your Business show in Chicago the same year.