“The Toy” was a self-assembly project made in 1951 by Charles and Ray Eames and sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co. This construction kit for children sums up the simplicity and playfulness of most of the Eames’ works. It comprised dowels with pierced ends, pipe cleaners and brightly colored panels (four square and four triangles) of plastic-coated resistant stiff paper. The pieces of “the Toy” came packed in a hexagonal tube and could be used to produce multiple structures, playhouses, theatres and shelters. The little toy, which came out in 1952, shared the same principles but was a scaled version of the first one.
“Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games can be precursors of serious ideas.” Charles Eames
First photo: Ray Eames with an early prototype version of The Toy that was made of cardboard triangles, outside the Eames House, 1951, as seen in Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s documentary EAMES: The Architect and the Painter. © 2011 Eames Office, LLC.