The Toy

DATE - 1951

People of all ages still love The Toy for its nearly limitless usesIt’s perfect for tunnels and structures for play, towers, houses, and tents. You can use it as a theater set to stage a show, as party décor, shade from the sun, or even an airplane! The outside label reads: “Large. Colorful. Easy to assemble. For creating a light, bright expandable world large enough to play in and around.” Each kit includes four 30-inch square and four 30-inch triangular vinyl panels, along with thirty-eight hardwood dowels and connection wires. The instructions share building ideas and tips for inspiration.

Additional Information

Charles and Ray Eames had eclectic passions; Charles was more than an architect, and Ray was more than a painter. Together, their broad spectrum of interests resulted in a catalog of film, photography, furniture, and even toys. In 1951, Charles and Ray Eames brought to market The Toy, a colorful, thoughtful product intended for children as well as adults.

The Toy was first in production from 1951 to 1959. Over the years, people have been captivated by archival images of the design. Think of the futuristic shots of Ray assembling towering structures in the Eames House meadow or the 1950s product shots with children building anything their imagination desired.

In 2017, the Eames Office reintroduced the toy, bringing it back for the first time in over 60 years for all to enjoy. Head to our online Eames Shop to find out more and make The Toy your own.

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