Eames has always been a household name in the office furniture industry, with classic designs that have stood the test of time, particularly in office chairs. Charles and Ray Eames were a husband and wife team who were famous designers and designed iconic pieces for office furniture manufacturers such as Herman Miller.
Most people, in fact all really, know the duo as designers, but they did used to design toys for children and for film as well. In 1952 the Charles and Ray developed the House of Cards program. The idea began simply as a deck of cards with 6 slots around the edge so that the cards can be interlocked. The cards are designed linked together in a number of different shapes and ways to create interesting patterns and unique structures. Over the years, the cards have evolved to include medium and large House of Cards packs.
To celebrate the 60 years, Carla Hartman, who is the granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames and also the Education Director at the Eames Office decided that the ArtPrize 2012 was the perfect venue to create a giant pack of cards.
The cards used by the office furniture design company are over a foot in length and were all made blank. The idea was for local school to decorate the cards giving each one a unique look.
This is not the only addition to the ArtPrize 2012. Sculptor Lucia Eames who is the daughter of Charles and Ray Eames has one of her pieces “Summer Solstice from Sunburst Series” which is currently on display at the Kendall College of Art & Design. Also her daughter who is a bronze sculpture has entered her piece, “Queen & Consort is from the Lunar Asparagus People Series” which is also situated currently at the Kendall College.